ELIZABETHTOWN — The police chief in Elizabethtown is sending out a warning to area business owners about a telephone scam that claims credit card terminals are due to be updated.
A credit-card terminal is one which handles all credit card and debit card transactions. Chief Bobby Kinlaw said several Elizabethtown businesses have recently been receiving calls.
“The most recent call was received by a business in town Aug. 12,” he said. “The caller appears to be from the bank or entity that provides credit-card services to the business.”
Kinlaw said the business is told that their credit-card terminal needs to be updated because credit-card companies are issuing new types of cards that require an insertion of the card instead of the swipe.
“The caller will ask for account information and a copy of a cancelled check,” he added. “This type call is a scam to gain access to the business account. At least one local business has lost money from their account. The credit-card provider already has all of the account information and will not ask you for it.”
All business owners and their employees are being urged to be cautious of providing information over the phone.
“If you receive this type of call, do not provide any information to the caller,” Kinlaw said. “If you want to check to see if the call is legit, use the phone number you have for the credit card terminal provider, and call them. If you determine that the call is suspicious, please notify your local law enforcement agency.”