Brighton and Hove Police are warning local businesses about a rising refund scam plaguing the area. Scammers, using cloned or stolen credit cards, are manipulating card transactions to defraud businesses. The scam involves the fraudsters purchasing items and then discreetly altering the transaction amount on the card machine to a much higher value when the cashier is distracted.
The scammers subsequently return, claiming they were overcharged, and cunningly request a refund to a different card. This deceptive practice not only results in financial losses for businesses but also compromises the security of individuals whose card details have been stolen.
Police urge all businesses in Brighton to remain vigilant and monitor their transactions closely, especially for any manual adjustments on card machines. Business owners and employees are advised to report any suspicious activities or transactions immediately to the authorities.
The police are determined to crack down on this fraudulent scheme and protect the local business community. If you have any information regarding this scam or witness any related activities, you are encouraged to call the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 47230017351