Category Archives: Digital Life

USA – NC plans to train gas station workers to spot credit card ‘skimmers’

By | June 7, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The state agency responsible for checking gas pumps in North Carolina is stepping up efforts aimed at finding credit card skimmers that have been placed in those pumps. It’s a problem that’s becoming increasingly worrisome for officials statewide. There are thousands of gas stations in North Carolina and the Department of Agriculture has the… Read More »

USA – Educating the public about fraud awareness

By | May 17, 2017

  More than 40 individuals attended a fraud awareness seminar hosted by First National Bank of McAlester recently. The seminar was a free event educating the public on the importance of fraud awareness and prevention. The event was held on May 11 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Eastern Oklahoma State College’s McAlester campus with guest speaker… Read More »

Ransomware: Latest NCSC Guidance

By | May 14, 2017

The latest NCSC guidance on Ransomware The NCSC are aware of a ransomware campaign relating to version 2 of the “WannaCry” malware affecting a wide range of organisations globally.  NCSC are working with affected organisations and partners to investigate and coordinate the response in the UK. This guidance will be updated as new information becomes available. From investigations and… Read More »

UK – New payment card tech promises to fight online fraud

By | May 11, 2017

Fraud is a growing problem in the e-commerce age, with millions of consumers falling victim to scammers around the world each year. One of the most common ways for people to suffer is by having their payment card details stolen and then used by a malicious third party to make unauthorised purchases. Now Barclays is setting out to… Read More »

Philippines – PNP-ACG nabs suspect in credit card fraud

By | May 11, 2017

MANILA, May 11 — Operatives of the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) have arrested a suspect involved in credit card fraud. The suspect was identified as Stephen Francid Lucena, a resident of Tomas Mapua Street, Sta. Cruz, Manila. PNP-ACG spokesman Supt. Jay Guillermo, in a press conference in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Thursday, said that Lucena… Read More »

USA – Texas crook gets two years for Londonderry credit card skimmer fraud

By | May 10, 2017

CONCORD — An Austin, Texas man was sentenced to two years in federal prison in connection with a $29,000 credit card fraud involving a skimmer on a gas pump in Londonderry. Elvis Barban Chavez, 45, was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court after pleading guilty to aggravated identity theft. According to court documents, Chavez and others traveled from… Read More »

USA – State lawmakers look to crack down on illegal use of credit card skimmers

By | May 10, 2017

MADISON (WKOW) — State lawmakers are working on a bill that would further protect your identity when using a gas pump or ATM. Wisconsin is one of just 19 states that has nothing in statute specific to the possession or use of credit card skimmers. That is a huge problem, because the devices have been found on gas… Read More »

National ATM Council Announces 2017 Retail ATM Skimming Survey Results – Responds to Recent FICO Clarification

By | May 9, 2017

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – May 9, 2017 — The National ATM Council, Inc. (NAC) has announced the results of its 2017 U.S. Retail ATM Skimming Survey (Survey).  Results demonstrate the number of card skimming incidents at U.S. Independent retail ATM locations remains very low – with 9 of 10 survey participants reporting never having encountered a single skimming device… Read More »

Mobile Banking Apps Now Let You ‘Turn Off’ Debit Cards To Fight Fraud

By | May 9, 2017

More and more mobile banking apps are allowing users to remotely disable their debit and credit cards to combat fraud. This week, British banking giant Barclays joined those ranks when it debuted new security features for the Barclays mobile app, with around 5 million British users, including the ability to disable online purchases and reduce ATM withdrawal limits.… Read More »

ConsumerWatch: Thieves Use Bluetooth to Steal Credit Card Info

By | May 4, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Thieves are using a new tactic to steal credit and debit card information. It’s called bluesnarfing — capturing your credit card information via Bluetooth — and they’re doing it while their victims are shopping. Whether you’re swiping your card in the check-out line or paying at the gas pump, experts say criminals are… Read More »

USA – Southside police help bust 4-state debit card skimming operation

By | May 2, 2017

SOUTHSIDE, Ala. (WIAT) — A four-state debit card skimming operation that victimized 300 individuals and seven banks was exposed after Southside police alerted the Alabama Attorney General’s Office regarding a possible gas pump skimmer. -Alabama Attorney General Steven T. Marshall, Southside Chief of Police Chris Jones, Etowah County District Attorney Jody Willoughby and U.S. Secret Service Special Agent… Read More »

Card fraud increases in South Africa by 13 percent

By | April 26, 2017

JOHANNESBURG, April 25 (Xinhua) — South African banking industry released statistics on Tuesday which show that overall card fraud increased by 13 percent in 2016 as compared to the previous year. The statistics were released by the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) on behalf on the banking industry in Johannesburg. According to the statistics, South African… Read More »

USA – Your new EMV credit card still has a stripe, and you are still at risk of skimming

By | April 23, 2017

BY NEAL CUSTER My card has a chip, so how did I get skimmed? In past columns, we discussed the adoption of the credit/debit card EMV system (known as “the chip” to everybody outside Europe) and the subsequent implications for consumer fraud protection. With very little fanfare, at the beginning of the year nearly every cardholder received a… Read More »