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Credit Card Fraud Alert: Restaurant Workers

by Peter Andrew

You

may think you're very careful with your credit card, but if

you use it to pay for meals out, you could still be the victim

of credit card fraud.

Within

the last week, at least two people have been indicted or convicted

of credit card fraud stemming from using credit card numbers

obtained via restaurant use.

In

Reno, Nevada, Michelle Lynn Watson faces up to 45 years in prison

and fines of $250,000 or more if convicted of using restaurant

patrons' credit cards to rack up $10,000 of goods for her own

use.

In

New Orleans, Ali Hasan got 10 months in prison and was ordered

to pay more than $10,000 in restitution after bribing a restaurant

waiter to steal the credit card numbers of his customers.

While

credit card companies will generally not charge consumers more

than $50 for fraudulent charges to a credit card, the hassle

involved in dealing with the situation and the potential for

theft of personal information continue to create problems for

both credit card companies and consumers.

Published 08/22/05 (Modified 05/07/12)


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