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February 5, 2014

Important Message for RVC Retailers

New credit card scam could affect local merchants

(ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NY) – Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport), in conjunction with the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce, would like to inform local retailers of a credit card scam recently attempted at a Rockville Centre store.

A customer will enter the store and make a purchase, and when the cashier swipes their credit card it will be declined. The customer will then pretend to call their bank and will give the merchant a fake approval code to force the transaction in to the terminal. It will seem as if the transaction was accepted in to the terminal as a sale, but it has not!

It is important to know: only the merchant can obtain an approval code by calling the authorization number provided by the credit card processor. If anyone says otherwise, it is a scam.