Authorities take crimes related to alleged credit card fraud very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that in one recent case the Secret Service became involved. Now, three California residents between the ages of 27 and 35 are facing charges related to what the Secret Service is calling the "most inclusive and extensive" ever credit card fraud operation to be in the area.
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Law enforcement has really embraced the popularity of social media. In fact, a quick search shows the Riverside and San Bernardino police departments even have Facebook pages with followers. For the departments, this provides a space for residents to voice concerns, to post upcoming events and to talk about the different initiatives going on.
On October 24, 2012, Barnes & Noble Booksellers sent out a press release stating that they detected tampering with 63 PIN pad devices - one at each of 63 different stores. The company has discontinued use of their PIN pads and notified federal authorities about the breach.
A Tracy, California man is facing 20 year in prison after a grand jury indicted him on federal fraud charges. The man is accused of running a phantom debt collection scam.
In these tough economic times, it is not surprising that some people become desperate and commit a variety of crimes in order to get money to make ends meet. Identity theft has become more prevalent. It is most often associated with credit card fraud, mortgage fraud and Ponzi schemes. Fraud against the government is a less publicized but is a no less serious form of white collar crime.