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Rip-Off Alert: Cons feast on dormant credit card accounts

Reported by: Marie Mortera
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Updated: 6/11/2013 5:40 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- If you think those credit cards you're no longer using are off-limits to con artists, you're wrong. In this Rip-Off Alert, your dormant accounts might be the most susceptible to fraud.

Work halted at this abandoned strip mall after contractors were arrested for their role in a credit scam case that cost consumers more than a half-million dollars.

It all started with one bad credit card company employee.

"She knew that these were dormant accounts which the businesses had lost track of, so she would go in manipulate the account,” said U.S. Postal Inspector Mona Hernandez.

Unnamed by the U.S. Postal Service, the employee would create new credit cards based on these dormant accounts and ask accomplices to use the cards.

"Multiple contractors were arrested in this case; many of them were recruited as the runners to purchase equipment that was used for the purposes of building materials,” Hernandez said.

The contractors would buy construction equipment and either sell it or use it on their projects. In all, there were 50 victims. Postal inspectors caught the mastermind behind the scheme.

"She ended up confessing to compromising 30 to 40 dormant accounts," Hernandez said.

Postal inspectors recommend checking your credit report, which may indicate any unused or dormant accounts in your name.


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