Most data-breach victims take no action Written by Peter AndrewWhat do you do if you've been the victim of a data breach, and your personal or account information has fallen into the hands of criminals? That's not as theoretical a question as you might hope. Some 41 percent of American consumers have experienced just card fraud -- let alone other losses -- in the [...]
Handing your credit card to someone else? Be smart about it Written by Dan RafterIt can happen in an instant. Employees at your local department store, repair shop or supermarket just have to turn their backs to you for a fraction of a second to swipe your credit card with skimmers connected to their belts. Once they do, they have your credit card information. They can then do with [...]
How the Target data breach made me worst mom of the year Written by Jennifer Goforth GregoryTarget's recent data breach hit a little too close to home for my family. Why?I found myself stranded at a restaurant without a working credit card
my kids had to eat the dreaded veggie plate at school because their lunch account was frozen for nonpayment
I didn't get to read People magazine after my online magazine account [...]
5 ways to have a happy holiday free from credit card crime Written by Jennifer GregoryThe holiday season is filled with decking halls, spending time with family and eating delicious homemade treats. But each holiday season, many consumers become a victim of credit card fraud or theft. And spending your days on the phone with the credit card company and worrying about the crime is a sure way to take [...]
My credit card was stolen, but it's still in my wallet! Written by Jennifer GregoryI am positive that I had a puzzled expression on my face as I looked at my online credit card statement. I was relatively certain that I hadn't bought Farmville credits for Facebook or registered for an online genealogy website. And I was positive that I hadn't recently purchased a pre-designed website. But what had [...]
Identity theft on the big screen: What can you learn from the movies? Written by Jennifer Goforth GregoryWith the upcoming release of the movie "Identity Thief," starring Jason Bateman, this all-too-common crime is once again brought into the mainstream media.
"While the movie looks very entertaining from the previews, the film also puts identity theft on the front page again and keeps the crime in the front of people's minds. This crime really [...]
6 steps to protect your financial self Written by Joe TaylorDina Wohlhendler isn't a very common name. So when the Brooklyn resident saw her name on another shopper's credit card at a Manhattan Best Buy, she chased the woman while shouting for help. Chase had already alerted Wohlhendler about an unauthorized purchase at Urban Outfitters, which led her to check the nearby electronics store. Surveillance [...]
Credit cards of the future: 4 exciting trends Written by Joe TaylorChange doesn't come quickly to the credit card business. It took almost two decades for engineers to agree on the standard for the magnetic stripe. Another 25 years passed before European banks issued cards with embedded microchips, a technology that never took off in the United States.
Even today's contactless credit cards handle fewer than [...]
The thief behind the counter Written by Beth OrensteinYou hand your Visa to the waiter to pay for your dinner and he disappears with your credit card. He returns a few minutes later with your bill. You sign the credit card receipt and leave.
You don't think anything of it until the end of the month when you receive your Visa statement, and you [...]
7 worst times to use your credit card Written by Karen Haywood QueenYour phone rings. It's your favorite charity on the line, asking for a donation. You could give generously by simply rattling off your credit card number.
You're in the market for a new car. You just received an offer for a cash back rewards card. Why not put the new car on the card and pocket [...]