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How to Spot a Credit Card Skimmer

By crime, identity, Identity Theft, safety tips

Skimmers are small devices that scammers attach to a legitimate credit or debit card reader. The skimmer steals your personal information through your credit card’s magnetic strip or a fake keypad that records the keystrokes of your PIN. Some skimmers are so small and discreet that you might not even spot anything amiss. Skimming occurs most frequently at locations like…

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Who Wants to Be You? Identity Theft a Common Risk for Consumers

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Nine million. That’s how many Americans have their identities stolen each year, estimates the Federal Trade Commission. From January 2005 until October 2007, a staggering 215 million personal records were breached, reported the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. The FTC noted that, in half of the criminal incidents in 2005, thieves obtained goods or services worth $500 or less. In 10 percent…

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