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Luxury vacation offer may be a scam

Susan Ladika

If you’re hoping for a hot time vacationing at a luxurious tropical resort this summer, you could wind up cooling your heels if you fall for a new travel scam. Fraudsters have been busily calling, faxing and emailing individuals and businesses…
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Background check alerts me to my surprising criminal history

Jeremy Simon

Armed with online access and a credit card, I discovered that I’ve been married twice in Texas and accumulated 31 criminal records nationwide and one federal criminal record. The trouble is, I’ve never done any of those things — those are different Jeremy Simons.

That information was revealed courtesy of a personal background report. As a reporter who covers the credit industry, and having recently downloaded a copy of my credit report, I decided to see what other consumer information is easily accessible. Using myself as the test subject, I ordered a complete background check on my own name (first name, middle initial and last name) plus nationwide and federal criminal checks at a cost of $69.90 through Bellevue, Wash.-based information company Intelius.

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Criminal Charges: Card crime committed by voyeurs, transvestites and terrible parents

Jeremy Simon

Although you may have been hoping for an edition of Criminal Charges that focused on your run-of-the mill identity theft, this week’s collection of card crime news items is anything but bland.
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Criminal Charges: Lawless ladies and a few deceitful dudes

Jeremy Simon

In this week’s edition of Criminal Charges, the focus is on the females. We’ve got a collection of credit card crimes and identity thefts dominated by law-breaking ladies, including a debt collection worker who stole consumers’ information, a legal secretary who used the firm’s plastic to fund a trip for her male exotic dancer side business and a female prison inmate who got ripped off — while behind bars.
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Criminal Charges: The parade of card crime rolls on

Jeremy Simon

This week’s list of credit card crimes has gems involving corrupt government officials, a cab ride that turned really ugly and doll-loving card thieves.
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