ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar)- Odessa Police say they have recently seen an increase in reports of “Card Not Present” schemes.
“Card Not Present” means that the cardholder does not physically present the card for a merchant’s visual examination at the time that payment is made.
According to OPD, these recent schemes have included merchandise orders and card payments made by phone. The scammer places an order for pick-up and then makes a payment with stolen credit card information. The scammer then sells the merchandise online.
Police say some scammers will send photos of fake identification cards, to “prove” their identities; but also claim to be placing merchandise orders for others to pick up. Frequently, the name of the caller, cardholder and pick-up person are all different. Once the scammer is successful, they generally continue to make orders until the merchant recognizes the fraud.
OPD says merchants should take extra precautions and time to verify CNP transactions and merchandise pick-ups by identifying all people and vehicles collecting merchandise.
Businesses targeted at this time have been identified as tire merchants.