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As 2014 draws to a close, Better Business Bureau Serving Southern Arizona is reflecting back upon the year in scams: which scams victimized Southern Arizona consumers the most in 2014, and what consumers can do to protect themselves in 2015?
(Family Features) With the popularity of online shopping and the willingness to offer personal information in exchange for deep discounts, consumers are particularly vulnerable to fraud during the holiday season.
(Family Features) The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is an exciting time. But from the crowded malls to the big online markdowns, a silent threat lurks – one with the ability to wipe out your good financial standing and make it a not-so-jolly holiday for you and your family.
The Oro Valley Police Department would like to provide the public with some safety tips for the upcoming holidays.
(BPT) - It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and for a lot of us, that means holiday shopping. But how careful are you when you’re entering personal information online to purchase gifts for your loved ones?
(BPT) - Experts anticipate the number of cyber threats will increase this holiday season, especially during the popular Cyber Monday shopping holiday, as shoppers head online and in-store in record numbers to purchase gifts. Consumers should be on alert following this year’s high-profile cyber data breaches at national retailers, yet many are not taking sufficient precautions to protect their personal information.
(StatePoint) With so many new methods for cyber theft, it’s important to remember to take extra steps to protect your bank accounts and money this season, as criminals look to take advantage of the increased spending activity.
(BPT) - In the United States, federal and state consumer collection laws forbid debt collectors from using unfair, deceptive, and abusive means to collect debt. Unfortunately, that fact doesn’t stop scammers from using threats of arrest and jail time to coerce victims into paying bogus bills they don’t owe.
On Aug. 21 The Oro Valley Police Department was contacted by Tucson Police Department in reference to a bank robbery suspect in their jurisdiction. TPD believed the suspect in custody was the same suspect in Oro Valley’s Aug. 12 bank robbery.
Since August 2012, the Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) Criminal Investigations Unit, along with the Tucson Airport Authority Police Department (TAAPD), has been working on a fraud case involving Brittney Leigh Underwood. The investigation revealed there were more than 40 people victimized by Underwood and more than $85,000 dollars fraudulently charged by her. On August 11, 2014, Underwood accepted a plea agreement and was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the following charges: aggravated taking identity of another, fraud schemes and forgery.
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(Family Features) Following several high-profile security breaches in recent years, consumers have more reason than ever to be concerned about their privacy when using debit and credit cards. Fortunately, an effort is underway to implement new technology across the United States that will better protect shoppers and their private information.
Jenji Kohan’s critically-acclaimed Netflix series, “Orange is the New Black” is back for its second season. Set in a woman’s correctional facility, the high-brow humor, witty literary references, and evolving characters all bring an interesting twist to the prison television drama. Even better news for fans of the show, all 13 episodes of the second season have been released at one time, completely affirming the instant gratification, binge-viewing culture of which many of us are a part.
The Oro Valley Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest in a fraud.
The Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) is asking for the public’s assistance in locating two suspects involved in a credit card scam. On Jan. 21, OVPD was contacted by a victim who said they had three unauthorized charges on their credit card; however, the victim had the credit card in their possession and never lost control of their credit card. It is believed the suspects are obtaining the credit card information when used at an unknown business and fraudulently recreating the credit card. In this instance, the victim’s credit card was used within one hour of their last transaction.
Following a leak in the security of Target payment cards, Target has issued the following press release:
Fraud Unit detectives have been made aware of a new ATM scam. Scammers put counterfeit or stolen checks into another person’s bank account. The suspects then borrow the accountholder’s debit card number and pin number and withdraw money from the bank before the bank learns that the check was fraudulent.
The Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest regarding a fraud case.
The Office of Internal Audit in Pinal County is under review by the Board of Supervisors. On Nov. 13, Supervisor Todd House criticized Chairman Steve Miller of conducting a “witch hunt” against Internal Auditor Kate Witek. Steve Miller did not respond to the attack.