Businesses in Kansas City are targets of a fraud game that keeps credit card purchases from going through while the merchant thinks they have.
Police says the scam involves using aluminum foil to cover the satellite dish used to transmit credit card transactions.
Fraud squad Sergeant Rob Rickett said the foil fools the computer system into thinking transactions are being recorded. He says the people wrapping the satellites in foil may only be part of the problem.
An on-going scam to bill senior citizens for medical alert device service is gaining steam in Kansas and other Midwestern states.
The Better Business Bureau says there’s been a significant increase in calls about the scheme. The pre-recorded message claims that someone has purchased a medical alert device for the person as a gift. Then the recipient is asked to verify his or her identity with a bank account or credit card number.