identity theft

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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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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Phone phishing

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If you read this blog, you’re probably already security-conscious. But this reminder is worth repeating. Don’t trust anyone. Sorry. It’s a shame that’s what…

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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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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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ID theft buffet

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A former mortgage broker put 40 boxes of customers’ personal information into a Las Vegas dumpster. It was December 2006, but we all knew…

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Sloppy business at UPS

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Four days away from an international trip and Bob and I have no passports. Scary. They were perfectly good and valid still for five…

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