Credit card fraud can dampen holidays

With an increase in shopping during the holidays, officials with area banks warn of credit card fraud. When people are in a rush, Carol Scott of Central Bank said, they’re more likely to provide their credit card information to unknown parties.

Mark Wofford, director of compliance and security officer with Providence Bank, said he thinks credit card fraud overall has increased, not just during the holidays. He refers to it more as identity theft and believes it’s due to technology.

Darin Garnett of Jefferson City was recently the victim of credit card fraud. He said he noticed a weird charge out of California on his online bank statement and it immediately raised a red flag.

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