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Cyber Takeover
Jenifer McAndrews Criminals Finding High Tech Ways to Steal Your Money
June 25, 2013
By: Jenifer McAndrews

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As technology advances, criminals are finding new ways to steal your money. According to Postal Inspectors, they're getting personal identifying information on victims and using that information to get their own credit cards, with their name on them and charging your account.
Inspectors say the criminals then make purchases and sell the items for cash.
In a recent investigation, Postal Inspectors seized many large ticket items including big screen TV's and video game systems.
In one case, losses totaled $120,000, but investigators got a big break to catch the suspect.
“The bad guy wasn’t very smart in this case.", Says Postal Inspector Carla Menendez, " He purchased 2 moneygram money orders from a local merchant and when he went in to purchase the money order, he actually wrote his real name and his real address down on the money order.”
He was arrested at his home.
And this is one of many cases. Account takeover fraud was up dramatically in 2012 totaling $4.9 billion dollars – a 69% increase over 2011.
Some advice from postal inspectors: safeguard your personal information at all times and never carry your Social Security card with you.



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