Vernon County business scammed with over-the-phone transaction

Vernon County business scammed with over-the-phone transaction.

VIROQUA, Wis. (WKBT) – The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office issued a scam alert following an incident at a Vernon County business.

According to the alert, a person called an area car business and ordered thousands of dollars in tires. The caller faxed a copy of a driver’s license and credit card to the business, which was manually entered into the credit card machine. After the transaction went through, the caller told the business employee that the tires would be shipped to Eau Claire.

When the shipping company arrived, they told the business owner the tires were being sent to New York. This caused the business owner to look into the transaction further. He was told that a credit card holder has 45 days to dispute the charges if it was entered manually. According to the business owner, the card may have been altered to look like it was the caller’s and the driver’s license also appears to be fake.

Many times the product has already been shipped before the victim realizes they have been scammed, authorities say.

Law enforcement encourages business owners to make sure the credit card transaction is legitimate, especially when completed over the phone or the internet.

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