Fake cops call area businesses for credit card information

08/01/2014 1:42 PM

08/01/2014 5:14 PM

Criminals are using a new scam to get customer credit card information from area businesses, Overland Park police warned Friday.

People claiming to be police officers have called businesses and asked for names and phone numbers of recent customers, saying they are conducting a fraud investigation.

The scammers then contact the customers and claim to be from the business. They say that their credit card “system” is down and need the customer’s credit card number again to complete the recent purchase.

Police said that if a business gets a call from someone claiming to be a police officer who wants customer information or money, the business should contact its local police department and request to meet an officer in person.

| Tony Rizzo, trizzo@kcstar.com

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