Credit Card Fraud

Credit card theft
2:13 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Dutch man charged with stealing Washington credit cards

US Attorney Jenny A. Durkin stands next to Corino Bonjrada (at the podium). Bonjrada, the owner of Mondello Ristorante Italiano, alerted police to the crimes.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

Federal prosecutors say a 21-year-old Dutch national coordinated the theft of about 44,000 credit card numbers worldwide, including some from the Boeing Employees Credit Union, by hacking into the sales system of businesses.

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The Two-Way
12:10 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

MasterCard, Visa warn of credit card data theft

A customer swipes a MasterCard debit card through a machine while checking-out at a shop in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Fri March 30, 2012 10:20 am

MasterCard and Visa have warned banks that a third party processor has experienced a data breach. In statement, both card associations acknowledged the breach and MasterCard said that law enforcement is involved and "is currently the subject of an ongoing forensic review by an independent data security organization."

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Paul Allen in the news
3:23 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Washington among top 10 states for cyber crime; Paul Allen hit

An AWOL soldier from Pittsburgh is charged with bank fraud for allegedly stealing the identity of one of the world's richest men: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
The Associated Press

Sitting in a coffee shop with a friend 10 days ago, I got a call from an 800-number, I took it and it was a credit card fraud warning. I didn’t answer the questions and ended the call. You know, never give information to unsolicited caller.

Then it hit me that maybe my family debit card would be shut down, so my wife called our bank and suddenly Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and I had something in common financially! We’d both had our credit/debit cards hacked.

And apparently we're not an exclusive club.

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Fraud
10:54 am
Tue September 20, 2011

ATM skimming scams on the rise

Federal authorities are warning consumers to take precautions when using ATMs. Illegal 'skimming' is a growing industry.
Paula Wissel KPLU

If you’ve ever used a cash machine, here’s something you should be aware of. The Justice Department has disrupted one of the largest debit and credit card skimming rings on the West Coast.

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Identity theft
12:59 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

Beware of ATM scammers

Nenyedi at wikimedia.org

Just how safe is that ATM?  The Better Business Bureau says identity thieves are getting better at stealing your debit card info. They're using hidden cameras and fake keypads and card scanners to capture your account numbers and PINs. 

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Identity Theft
7:29 am
Fri November 19, 2010

International fraud hits Seattle neighborhood

Federal law enforcement investigators say they're closing in on an international thief who electronically ripped off hundreds of residents in a Seattle neighborhood.   

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