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Credit card fraud on rise

Date Posted: 2002-12-07

Ryugin DC and other credit card issuers in the prefecture have issued a warning to their customers to be alert on fraudulent use of their credit cards. They say that between January and September this year they there has been 20 such cases resulting in a total of •3,150,000 in damages.

In most cases the credit card holders data has been taken from the magnetic strip in the back of the card, or criminals have obtained the card number and try to purchase goods from the internet.

In one case an Okinawan student who goes to a college in the United States received a bill totaling •148,000 although he had not used his card in Okinawa. A subsequent investigation revealed that although the card data left with the purchases matched the studentís card, the signature did not. Investigators concluded that somehow someone had skimmed the data from the card.

Officials at Ryugin DC advise their customers to contact the card company and police immediately if they suspect that their card data or the card itself is stolen. They also urge them to use caution when using their card and make sure they do not toss their copy or the carbon paper in a trashcan from where anyone can easily find it.

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