Credit card fraud

How a stolen credit card number makes cash for a fraudster

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All this talk of stolen credit cards and “skimming.” Then what? What happens after you’ve swiped your card through a tampered-with ATM, gas pump,…

The Pickpocket’s postcard trick

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Kharem is another opportunist who doubles as a minor-league strategist. When we first met him, he was prowling the perimeter of a breakdance performance…

Credit card shimming

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irst there was skimming, now there’s shimming,” says Kim Thomas, former Las Vegas Metro Detective, now an international authority on forgery. Information on this…

Shoulder-surfing credit-card thief—part 2

Shoulder-surfing credit-card thief—part 2

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Bob had just made contact with the shoulder-surfing thief… Pirouetting, I went to find Kun Chang, our film director, who’d been with us all…

Gas pump skimmers attached in 11 seconds

Gas pump skimmers attached in 11 seconds

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Breaking news from Las Vegas Metro’s Kim Thomas, the fraud cop featured in my story on credit card skimmers hidden in gas pumps. Detective…

Skimmers and credit card fraud (more)

Skimmers and credit card fraud (more)

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Skimmers, officially called magnetic card readers, capture the data on a card’s magnetic strip. Exactly what information is that? Credit and debit cards have…