Frauds and scams discussed at Cass County’s TRIAD meeting
WALKER — Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch discussed current frauds and scams the sheriff’s office is dealing with at a recent Cass County TRIAD meeting.
Burch said a fraud the county often refers to is how credit card information can be stolen just by having someone pass by with a credit card reader. Burch said it’s hard to imagine that this can happen, but if your card has Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), it can. RFID allows credit card information to be stolen in this manner. Not all credit cards have a RFID chip in them at this point; however, the likelihood of your card having this chip in the future is increasing. This chip makes it easier to pay with the card. A person just has to hold it by the reader instead of scanning it. Burch said knowing if your card has this chip is it may have a symbol similar to radio waves or may say something like “blink” “paypass” or “paywave.” If your card has a RFID chip and someone has a credit card reader, they can get your card information and they can also make a “clone” card.
The following is a newscast that shows you how easy this can happen: http://youtube.googleapis.com/v/lLAFhTjsQHw&sns=em. There are several websites and newsclips that have more information on this scam and how you can protect yourself, including this AARP site: http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-01-2011/scam_alert_handsfree_....
TRIAD brings together caring senior citizens and law enforcement persons who are working for a common goal, to keep senior citizens safe in our communities. TRIAD meetings are generally on the third Tuesday of every month at the Hackensack Senior Center, with lunch at noon immediately following by the meeting. All seniors are welcome to attend.
For more information on TRIAD contact Pauline Fahey at the Cass County Sheriff’s Office at 218-547-7308 or firstname.lastname@example.org or contacting the Minnesota TRIAD at 218-536-0899 or www.mnsheriffs.org.