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overcharge scam

Overcharge scam or accidental mistake?

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Overcharge Scam “Do you take credit cards?” “Si, signora,” the salesman replied. “How much is this pepper grinder?” “€12.90.” So why was the credit…

credit card shimming

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,…

Vault door; Database data loss

Database data loss

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People often share their credit card anxiety with me. They’re afraid their cards will be lost or stolen and huge bills will be run…

A man enters his PIN while buying Metro tickets with a credit card. shimming

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…

Shoulder-surfing credit-card thief

Shoulder-surfing credit-card thief

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We started early at Gare de Lyon in Paris, on the hunt for a particular thief. He’s known for a specific M.O., and for…

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…

hotel phone scam

Beware hotel phone scam

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Heads up, travelers. Beware the clever new scam happening in hotels now. In order to thwart it, proactive properties are placing notes like this…

How Bernanke’s ID thieves did it

How Bernanke’s ID thieves did it

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Anna Bernanke hung her purse on the back of a chair at Starbucks. It was stolen and, soon after, she and Ben became victims…

A typical ATM skimmer scam

A typical ATM skimmer scam

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A reader wrote of an ATM experience which, soon after, led to $9,000 in fraudulent withdrawals. He was abroad, but this happens at ATMs…

Shoulder-surfers and pseudo-cops in Sweden

Shoulder-surfers and pseudo-cops in Sweden

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I want to wail even in Sweden, because the country has long been perceived as enjoying a relatively low crime rate. And it did….

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…

High-tech identity theft today

High-tech identity theft today

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…¢ Identity theft is now the number one crime in the world. …¢ Las Vegas is number one in the U.S. for ID theft;…

Skimmers for credit card fraud

Skimmers for credit card fraud

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A little background, as reference for my next post: A skimmer is a battery-operated device smaller than a deck of cards with a slot…

Cash or credit card?

Cash or credit card?

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Don’t be self-ripped That means: do your research. Besides knowing the tricks and scams prevalent in your destination, you should be up-to-date on currency….

Bolshoi Bandits: more pickpockets in Russia

Bolshoi Bandits: more pickpockets in Russia

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The Bolshoi Bandits and the Crosswalk Czar In which Bob Arno and his fancy accessory spy on the Russians. St. Petersburg, Russia— I was…