Police: Credit card fraud growing in Charlotte region

Police: Credit card fraud growing in Charlotte region

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by GLENN COUNTS / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on November 22, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 22 at 8:41 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Most people are wedded to their plastic. Jason Scianno was but then he learned a hard truth.

 “Well I’ve never been ripped off before,” said Scianno.
 
He joined a growing number of people in the Charlotte area who are the victims of credit card fraud. His numbers were compromised; the thieves even got his pin.
 
“Created a card, and then just started going to town…I mean they used it all over town,” he said.
 
Police are hearing more and more stories like Scianno.
 
"The magnetic strip on the back of debit and credit cards are easily compromised that information can be captured very easily with very inexpensive tools," said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Fraud Investigator Joan Furr.
 
Those tools are skimmers, some so small they can fit in the palm of your hand, or they can be set up at an ATM. or inside the card reader at a gas pump.
 
"Skimmers are easy to find they are cheap you can find them anywhere, you can get them off the internet," said Furr.
 
Scianno doesn’t know where the thieves got his information.

“I have no idea where it could have happened, and that’s really frustrating…how could they get it cause I have my card,” he said.
 
Fraud investigators say the holiday season is the perfect time for thieves to try and get your information. To protect yourself they suggest you check your bank accounts everyday to catch any theft early.
 
Furr says she uses cash a lot more than she used to and recommends it.
 
"I do suggest people use cash when possible anytime you give your card to somebody and they walk away with it you don’t know what they are going to do with it," said the investigator.

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