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…

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…

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…

Phone phishing

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…

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…

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…

ID theft buffet

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…