Mogul of Pineapples
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I know everything we hear about credit card fraud usually involves high tech things like hacking corporate databases and what not, but I saw a clip on NBC news about a very primitive form.
They take an old credit card, razor blade, and glue and cut off the letters and replace them with new letters. They mess up the bar code on the back so it doesn't scam. When the card gets scanned by the cashier it won't work, so they will manually type in the numbers on the card, the fake numbers.
I would think they would look sh*tty enough where it wouldn't fool anyone but apparently enough cashiers fall for it if they're made half-way decent. The sure way to tell is flip over the card and see if the numbers on the back match the numbers on the front.
On that note do you think any scammers have a credit card embossing machine? Something to emboss those numbers on printed cards? I wouldn't be surprised if some organized crime group is doing something like that but it hasn't been detected yet. If con artists can make fake IDs and fake documents I don't see why they can't make fake credit cards too.
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