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Postal Inspectors: Prevent A Cyber Takeover

3:48 PM, Oct 30, 2013   |    comments
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As technology advances, and this is an everyday occurrence, criminals are finding new ways to steal your money.
That's why 2 Wants To Know and postal inspectors want to help you keep it safe.

U.S. Postal Inspector Carla Menendez said, "The bad guys are calling in with all the personal identifying information of the victims." Once they do that, they essentially can get access to your credit card account. They can add themselves as users get their own card with their name on it and start going on a shopping spree on your account.

"Postal inspectors seized many large ticket items purchased in one scheme including big screen TV's and video game systems. In one case, losses totaled $120,000. But inspectors got a big break. Menendez said, "The bad guy wasn't very smart in this case. He purchased two 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."

That led postal inspectors to the suspect's home and they found the victim's credit card in the suspect's trash.

And this is one of many cases. Account takeover fraud was up dramatically in 2012 totaling $4.9 billion, which is a 69 percent increase over 2011.

Some advice from postal inspectors: safeguard your personal information at all times. 

Menendez said, "One thing we always recommend is to check your credit report once a year to make sure nothing fraudulent has happened to your credit."

Also, never carry your social security card with you. Leave it at home in a safe place.

US Postal Inspectors/WFMY News 2

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