Credit Card Thefts Increase During the Holidays

By: Lauren Forsythe Email
By: Lauren Forsythe Email

Police say an October 5th credit card theft resulted in one woman losing hundreds of dollars.

She told police her card was stolen at Hobby Lobby.

She later realized more than $700 had been charged to her card at Walmart.

These two women made several purchases at the Morgantown Road Walmart.

"Coming into the Christmas season we will receive more of these because the number of thefts go up. There's more people moving about in the store," says Public Information Officer, Ronnie Ward with Bowling Green Police, "We find that women will actually have their purses open in their shopping cart. They'll turn to get something off of a shelf and the thief will just walk by and pull their wallet out."

While keeping your purse zipped while in a store is important, what is most important is being aware of your surroundings.

Allstate.com says "shoulder surfing" has become popular in many states, where thieves are using some sort of video recording device to get your credit card number.

You can also place a fraud alert on your credit, which means a thief can't open further credit cards in your name without notifying you first.

Police say if you get your credit card stolen call your service company immediately and close it down.


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