If you have spent a night in San Antonio recently, be sure to keep an eye on your credit card statements.
Information from 17,000 guests is reported to be involved in a large scale fraud with stolen receipts from 3 different hotels.
Authorities are declining to release the names of these hotels, pending their investigation, but a local newspaper identified one as the Emily Morgan Hotel.
So far, 7 people have been indicted on charges of identity theft and the possession of equipment to make or alter credit cards.
The whole thing probably boils down to criminals who worked at these hotels, and took printouts or copies of credit card receipts off premises with the sole purpose of using them for fraudulent purchases. The case even has some sort of tie to meth.
So, if you stayed in San Antonio, and used a credit card, be sure to keep an eye out for weird charges, and if you do happen to see something you did not authorize, contact your bank right away. In almost all cases, you won’t be liable for these fraudulent charges, but you may have some paperwork involved in proving your case.
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Imagine sitting at home and getting a desperate email from a friend asking for help after they lost their wallet on an overseas vacation.
The email address matches that of your friend, and the request sounds legitimate. But before you start sending them cash, be aware that you have probably just become the potential victim of a scam.
It’s the newest craze on many web based email sites (mainly Hotmail). The scammers hack their way into the email account of your friend, usually by guessing their password, and start sending out the “cry for help” to everyone in the address book. Eventually they’ll run into someone who falls for the trick and sends cash using a wire service.
The emails almost always start with “i misplaced my wallet on my way to the hotel” and you’ll notice that they don’t address you directly by your name.
So, if you get an email from a friend in need, call them, make sure they are OK, and let them know that their email account has probably been hacked. Let this also be a reminder that “password” is not a sufficiently strong enough password for your email account.