The RCIPS Financial Crime Unit is warning the public and local retailers about an attempted fraud scheme being conducted using potentially stolen credit card info.
Several local liquor outlets have 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 upon receiving advice from the RCIPS FCU, two other outlets have also stopped the order.
The request originates from an individual at the email address firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
The RCIPS FCU is making all retail outlets aware of this possible attempted fraud. If you are the owner or staff member of any retail outlet and receive such an email, do not engage with the sender. Instead, contact the FCU at 949-8797.