Liquor stores targeted in credit card scam

Scam alert

Police are issuing a warning to the public and to retailers after several liquor stores on island were targeted in an attempted credit card fraud scheme.

The Financial Crime Unit is investigating if stolen credit card information is being used in the scam.

According to the RCIPS, a number of liquor outlets recently received separate requests to place a large order of wine, spirits, and champagne, to be shipped to the USA, with payment to be made by credit card.

One of the outlets had suspicions about the order and declined it, informing the FCU. Once it was established that other outlets had received the same order, and after getting advice from the FCU, two other outlets have also stopped the order.

Police said the request originates from an individual at the email address [email protected], who claims to represent James Walker Oil & Gas Co. California. It was also stated that they would be arranging local shipping.

“It is strongly believed that payment for the order would have been made by use of compromised or stolen credit card information. However, at this stage, no payments have been accepted or received,” an RCIPS spokesman said in a statement.

Police are advising any owners or staff members of retail outlets who receive such an email, to not engage with the sender. Instead, contact the FCU at 949‑8797.

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