A SCOTTISH man living in England has claimed he has been the victim of a “dirty” credit card scam perpetrated by two Strabane men.
The man, who preferred not to be named as he himself had intended on using what he believed to be a illegal card, said he lost a total of £650 to the scammers.
Revealing the identity of the two men, the Scot says it is now his intention to track the criminals down.
“I have been scammed by them,” the man told the Chronicle this week. “I just want to let people know that this scam is happening and to be aware that you could lose money.”
The man says he spotted an advertisement on a website which suggested the illegal cards belonging to a bank based in Strabane were being sold pre-loaded with thousands of pounds. After he transferred his £650 to a bank account, details for which were provided by the Strabane men, he received a credit card in the post which was supposed to contain £30,000.
“The cards were meant to come pre-loaded with the cash, but it’s only cash,” the Scot continued. “You can’t use the cards in shops or to buy items on the internet – you can only use them to withdraw money from an ATM. I know there are quite a few of these cards on the go and there is supposed to be no comeback on them.
“But there was nothing on the card I was sent.”
The man fully admits that he had intended using the cards to fraudulently withdraw money from cash machines, which is why he has not contacted police about being conned.
“I’m making it my mission to catch the scammers out,” the Scot added. “Because they’re ripping people off – pensioners, disabled people – for pennies.
“I have photos of them and a copy of one of their bank statements, with his full address,” he added.