Found 23rd Nov 2010
Not a happy bunny.

Around 5 months ago i saw "O2 Prepay" cash purchases on my amount for £15 a pop, since neither myself or my wife use O2.. Stood out.. They managed to claw around £105 out before my bank account locked..

Rang Barclays, card cancelled, submitted forms and money back within 2 weeks.

4 weeks ago.. I saw the same, "O2 Prepay"... Only managed to get £15 out this time..

Rang Barclays, card cancelled, submitted forms and money back within 2 weeks.

I check my online banking today... Same bloody thing. This time £30..

I'm getting sick of this, it's pretty obvious Barclays never do anything about it except refund me and issue a new card.. So..

I don't shop with any dodgy retailers, i never give out my card details. Has anyone experienced this before, as looking on google this "O2 Prepay" seems to be a favourite of fraudsters.. If you have, did you ever get to the bottom of how they're managing it.

Short of me not noticing a card reader on a cash machine, i'm clueless.

23 Comments

Sloth/Mod

Often petrol stations.

Change bank? Radical thinking I know.

Original Poster

thesaint

Change bank? Radical thinking I know.



Have done - it doesn't however change the root cause of the issue. Unless it's somehow Barclays themselves leaking card information, which i doubt.

So while your thinking may be radical, it's still pretty stupid. The next thread you may have some more success, goodluck.

Edited by: "spritey" 23rd Nov 2010

Original Poster

Syzable

Often petrol stations.



Really?

I might try going to a different petrol station, see if that makes any difference. Reckon it's worth reporting to the police?

spritey

Have done - it doesn't however change the route cause of the issue. … Have done - it doesn't however change the route cause of the issue. Unless it's somehow Barclays themselves leaking card information, which i doubt.So while your thinking may be radical, it's still pretty stupid. The next thread you may have some more success, goodluck.



So why have you changed then? lulz
Edited by: "thesaint" 23rd Nov 2010

Somebody somewhere is cloning your card. The fraudsters need to get hold of your new card details,once the card has been cancelled they are unable to use that card, so Barclays are doing all that they can do by cancelling the card and re-issuing with new numbers.
This was happening to me late last year, I had three lots of fraudulent activity on mobile top ups. Each time a new card was issued and within a week the fraud was happening again. After investigation it was traced to the night attendant at our local petrol station who was cloning cards when petrol was being purchased and selling the details to the fraudsters. He is staying at her majesty's pleasure for now.

spritey

Really?I might try going to a different petrol station, see if that makes … Really?I might try going to a different petrol station, see if that makes any difference. Reckon it's worth reporting to the police?




I know a few people who this has happened to at a local station, your lucky they took 2k out from my friends in china then he had to prove it wasn't him lol. You can report it to the police but its unlikely they will do anything.

Just goto a different station

Original Poster

thesaint

So why have you changed then? lulz



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Original Poster

fridgehead

I know a few people who this has happened to at a local station, your … I know a few people who this has happened to at a local station, your lucky they took 2k out from my friends in china then he had to prove it wasn't him lol. You can report it to the police but its unlikely they will do anything. Just goto a different station



Ouch... 2k.... Due to the amounts they're taking, it's more just an annoyance for me. Couldn't imagine how crazy i'd be going over thousands of pounds.

Thanks both of you.. I'll use a difference petrol station from now on..

Speak to the credit card fraud department, they were the ones that picked up on the pattern of "new card, petrol purchase, mobile phone top up."

Might be worth doing a thorough virus scan of your computer if you have been using the cards online. It could be that a keylogger installed on your computer is capturing your card details as you enter them and then sending them off to the fraudster.

To be honest, it's probably not that and is most likely a dodgy cashier somewhere but it's worth a scan. If you don't have anti-virus get "Microsoft Security Essentials" and "Malwarebytes".

Petrol Stations as suggested, I always pay cash at petrol stations, I don't trust any of them.

This has been going on a long time now.

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we use the self pay card in hole at the pump.

Syzable

Often petrol stations.



This happened to my mum about 18 months ago ( @ £350 they took ) and when reported it traced back to her local bp garage , apparantly the scam they were doing only workrd with lloys tsb card ( not exactly sure what they were doing to get info tbh ) but maybe this is the case for you op with barcalays !..........scary stuff innit when you think a reputable petrol station can scam you
Edited by: "shopstilldrops" 23rd Nov 2010

shopstilldrops

This happened to my mum about 18 months ago ( @ £350 they took ) and when … This happened to my mum about 18 months ago ( @ £350 they took ) and when reported it traced back to her local bp garage , apparantly the scam they were doing only workrd with lloys tsb card ( not exactly sure what they were doing to get info tbh ) but maybe this is the case for you op with barcalays !..........scary stuff innit when you think a reputable petrol station can scam you



The garage is only a reseller for the oil company, the owners and / or staff may well not be reputable, and some clearly are not.

Original Poster

Think by the replies, petrol station seems the best bet.

Comments have been very much appreciated.

Had the same done to me, they start with a o2 prepay then if alls ok move on to bigger items looks like you stopped them quick.

seems like they do small amounts that just go under the money radar
then they get greedy you spotted it just in time methinks

Texaco are horrible! Avoid!

Syzable

Often petrol stations.



I try to use the one petrol station.

Ok this thing is still very real. I just spotted one for £30 02 PrePay on my December statement. Card now stopped, new one being issued, fraud being investigated. I always use same Sainsbury petrol station and supermarket.

Do they just use the numbers they read off the card, or do they have to somehow scan the chip?

also1

Ok this thing is still very real. I just spotted one for £30 02 PrePay … Ok this thing is still very real. I just spotted one for £30 02 PrePay on my December statement. Card now stopped, new one being issued, fraud being investigated. I always use same Sainsbury petrol station and supermarket. Do they just use the numbers they read off the card, or do they have to somehow scan the chip?



They swipe the magnetic stripe. Or they might just be copying down all the numbers off the front and the 3 digit code from the back

It's not just happening at petrol stations (although they're probably favourites for fraudsters as they're pretty quiet and there's usually only 1 or 2 staff in there)

Pay cash at filling stations, it is far safer, some filling stations are owned and run by some very shady characters.
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