Master Card has announced a fraud alert. If you have received a “Master Card Security Alert” via email asking you to preform a credit card test transaction, please call Master Card immediately.
Apparently the criminals are asking unsuspecting businesses to conduct a credit card test in which the details of the transaction are to be sent to an email address that is not associated with Master Card. The intent is to acquire merchant transaction information in order to complete fraudulent transactions and refunds using stolen credit card information.
You should never receive an unsolicited phone call, email, social media request or fax request from Master Card. If you are contacted by someone that claims affiliation with Master Card, please do not respond and report the inquiry to Master Card at firstname.lastname@example.org.