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Woman allegedly steals credit card, goes shopping

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:07 a.m. HST, Dec 18, 2013

Police arrested a 29-year-old woman suspected of stealing another woman's credit card and making multiple purchases.

The suspect allegedly stole another woman's credit card on Oct. 18. Police arrested her Tuesday morning at McCully Shopping Center on suspicion of fraudulent use of a credit card, theft, unauthorized possession of confidential information and identity theft.

She was later released pending further investigation.

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paniolo wrote:
Since a lot of businesses don't ask for ID on all credit purchases, thieves steal the cards and spend only a small amount. I'd rather the businesses always ask to see an ID to match the name on the credit card. That way, thieves CANNOT buy things.
on December 18,2013 | 08:20AM
cojef wrote:
Vendors should do what you posted, but they are primarily interested in making quick sales and serve the next customer during the holiday season. Sales often means whether they stay in business for another year. Some credit card companies have your picture on the reverse side of the card. My America Express/Costco card has my picture and my wife's picture appears on hers.
on December 18,2013 | 09:02AM
sanababeets wrote:
I write on the back of my card SEE ID so they are prompted to ask for my ID. If they don't, I ask them, "aren't you going to ask for my ID to verify?" What I often worry about is gas pumps where all you need to do is punch in a zip code to verify the card.
on December 18,2013 | 09:21AM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Good point, but if you have a stolen card how do you know what zip to punch in? You (not you personally) could have stolen a card from someone who lives in Chicago. Do you know Chicago's zip code? Two tries at the has pump and then you are shut down.
on December 18,2013 | 10:18AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Surfer, my wife lost her wallet outside the credit union. Within hours, the thief filled his car @ the gas station. The bank was notified, so they voided the charge. Thief got the zipcode from my wife's driver's license in the wallet. Thankfully, there wasn't enough time for the thief to go on a spending spree.
on December 19,2013 | 04:34AM
serious wrote:
SEE ID? Doesn't work. USPS will not accept that nor will some grocery stores. I have my picture on mine, not that the cashier looks at it but I think it makes a card thief think twice in trying to use it particularly if there is a color difference.
on December 19,2013 | 06:33AM
paniolo wrote:
@cojef, we have same card as you, but in stores, I just swipe, they don't ask to look at pic on back, or to even give them the card. That's what's scary.
on December 18,2013 | 11:08AM
Sunny wrote:
Most businesses use an electronic device to capture a signature.....I haven't come across one yet that does a decent job of capturing my signature. In fact most of the time I don't even try to sign legibly and just scribble on the pad, no one ever checks signatures anyway and even if they did the signature on the capture device doesn't even come close.
on December 18,2013 | 10:54AM
Sunny wrote:
The Apple Store uses a smartphone app and you sign using your finger....What do you suppose that ends up looking like????
on December 18,2013 | 10:57AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Probably another criminal with a long rap sheet. We keep catching them and then letting them go on probation or short jail time.
on December 18,2013 | 10:53AM
GoldenRule wrote:
Picture of perp? Did she look like a thief?
on December 18,2013 | 11:37AM
nd127 wrote:
From Consumer Reports Online: Both Visa and MasterCard prohibit merchants from requiring customer ID as a condition for accepting their credit or debit cards. All you need is a signed card, and of course the signatures must match. American Express says it doesn't ban merchants from requiring customer ID, though it discourages the practice. But it does ban merchants from treating Amex holders differently than any other cardholder. Discover told us that merchants are free to request ID if they want to.
on December 18,2013 | 12:43PM
PCTekHI wrote:
So who is the victim here? Is it the cardholder or the merchant who accepted accepted the stolen card? If the card was reported stolen, then it would have been flagged as lost/stolen and declined when it was used. Hopefully the cardholder had a card that had zero-liability that would not require the her to pay for the unauthorized use of the card. Now, if the card issuer wants to recoup the unauthorized charges, they could go after the store to provide copies of the signed receipt. if they are unable to provide one or the signatures does not match, it would result in a charge back where the store would lose the credit card transaction, refund if you will.... The store can then sue the thief, but that will cost alot more so they just write it off.. I've heard of stories where the customer takes the signed copy then files a complaint with their card issuer about unauthorized charges. Of course, the merchant is not able to provide a signed copy, merchant loses out, and the cardholder got the service/merchandise for free.... :)
on December 18,2013 | 01:45PM
steveoctober wrote:
Merchants have always been the ones getting hosed on these transactions. Large corporate stores can absorb the losses since it's such a fractional percentage of their sales. Small stores, not so much, just a couple large dollar bad transactions can put them into bankruptcy. Credit card companies do not care about the small guy, they just run them over. Like it' been mentioned, there's so many ways anti-fraud can be done, such as the use of pin codes, and even just zip code entry goes a long way where an account gets locked upon 3 failed attempts, etc. The tech has been around for ages. Especially now, no excuses whatsoever.
on December 18,2013 | 02:48PM
sailfish1 wrote:
People shouldn't sign their card. That way the store is required to ask for id.
on December 19,2013 | 03:02PM
paniolo wrote:
So if I challenge the charges and tell the card company that it was stolen, who loses on the payment? The store or the card company? I would think if it's the business, they would make sure the charge is valid from the card holder. I don't know...
on December 18,2013 | 01:24PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Criminal town side
on December 19,2013 | 06:30AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
HAJAA1, troll
on December 19,2013 | 10:17AM
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