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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…

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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,…

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Bank door card swipe

Skimmers in bank doors

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Ever use an ATM at a bank after hours? Was it inside a locked vestibule, where you had to swipe your bank card to…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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Exchanging foreign currency

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You can save up to 20% when you change money abroad if you shop around. Maybe more. I found myself in Rome recently, with…

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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…

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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;…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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