Merchant Scam Alert

June 1, 2016

OMEGA Processing’s PCI security partner has identified a scam being perpetrated against merchants. While we are not aware of any OMEGA merchants specifically being targeted, we wanted to pass on the information.

Scammers are sending merchants official looking “invoices” from companies with names such as “EMV Certification Group”¬†and “Chip Card Merchant Registration.” These invoices are very authentic looking and range from $40 – $200. The address that the checks are sent to is a post office box at an office supply store, not a full street address. In some cases, merchants are being asked to provide additional banking information for recurring billing purposes.

With these scam attempts, merchants are being asked to pay for a service that does not exist. However, with EMV and Chip Cards being in the headlines in recent months, the merchant assumes it is a legitimate service.

Below is a sample of such an “invoice.” Please remain diligent, and call OMEGA’s customer service department at 866.888.9724 Ext. 7 if you have any questions.

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