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By Kelly Strodl | January 18, 2008
Thieves used skimming devices attached to payment machines at a Newport Beach gas station to steal credit and debit card numbers, ripping off at least nine customers, authorities said Friday. Police speculate that the devices were placed on the pump pay stations at the Exxon gas station at 3401 Newport Blvd. some time last week, authorities said. The thieves captured scores of credit and debit card information, including card numbers and Personal Identification Numbers, police said.
LOCAL
By Kelly Strodl | July 19, 2007
Identity theft reports in connection with a local Arco gas station continue pouring into the Costa Mesa Police Department, and hundreds of others who used the debit machine at the station are at risk, police said. The number of reported identity thefts has grown to 18. Thieves attached devices to debit card machines at the station from July 4 to July 10, stole information from customers and have withdrawn thousands of dollars from checking accounts, police said. Others who used the debit card machine at the site at Fair Drive and Fairview Road are vulnerable to theft from their accounts.
LOCAL
By Kelly Strodl | July 18, 2007
When John Collett approached the Arco quick-pay kiosk at Fair Drive and Fairview Road on July 10, he noticed a bright yellow sticker that read "Security Against Fraud Enhancements" on a faceplate and thought, "Thank God that they've actually updated the security systems." So, Collett said, it was ironic when he attempted to get funds from an ATM for cab fare to the airport this weekend while on a trip to Chicago and found his account overdrawn by $91. "In my mind I was glad they were actually paying attention to this stuff," Collett said.
NEWS
November 12, 2006
A story reported in last week's Daily Pilot is a chilling reminder that we all are at risk of becoming crime victims in the most subtle and unseen of ways. Costa Mesa police have determined that nearly 450 people had their debit card numbers stolen and used to withdraw large sums of money in Las Vegas during the days before Halloween. Police have not determined yet where the theft of the numbers may have occurred, but the incidents match those of another 150 people who had their numbers stolen, Westminster police say, from an Arco station in that city.
LOCAL
January 23, 2008
Newport police identified at least six more victims of a credit theft scheme at an Exxon gas station on the Balboa Peninsula, bringing the victim total to 15, police said. Investigators believe the devices were put on pump payment machines at the 3401 Newport Blvd. station during the week of Jan. 6, police said. The thieves possibly nabbed information for hundreds of credit and debit cards, including card numbers and Personal Identification Numbers, police said. The thieves used debit card information to create phony cards, so they could withdraw the maximum amount at various ATMs in the Los Angeles area, police said.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | January 14, 2009
Police are looking for information and possibly more cases involving two men they arrested last week and suspect of illegally withdrawing money from other people’s automated teller machine accounts and using their stolen credit and debit card information for purchases. Friday night, Costa Mesa police arrested Paul Hastings, 36, of San Juan Capistrano, and 29-year-old Rafael Aldaco of Whittier after authorities say they saw the men acting suspiciously in an area known for drug activity.
LOCAL
By Kelly Strodl | November 9, 2006
Someone made a huge cash-out in Las Vegas over the Halloween weekend using hundreds of stolen bank account numbers taken during credit transactions in Costa Mesa and Westminster, police said Wednesday. Victims who used their bank debit cards at credit terminals in either city had their bank account information stolen between Oct. 6 and 9. The credit information reported stolen in the two cities also appeared on phony cards for purchases or bank withdrawals made in Las Vegas between Oct. 26 and 30, police said.
LOCAL
By Jessie Brunner | August 10, 2007
Costa Mesa police arrested three people on suspicion of commercial burglary and use of counterfeit credit cards Thursday at South Coast Plaza, police said Friday. The suspects fled from the plaza near Bloomingdale’s because their transaction was taking longer than normal, Sgt. Bryan Glass said. Acting on a tip from a mall employee, police stopped the suspects as they were exiting a plaza parking lot and found about 30 fraudulent debit cards and card counterfeiting equipment in the vehicle, Glass said.
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NEWS
By Hannah Fry | October 24, 2013
Coast Community College District students expressed concern during a board meeting last week about a controversial debit card used to disperse financial aid. Beginning this fall, students have the option of using the My Coast Colleges Card, which acts like a debit card, allowing them to access their financial aid to buy items at stores for a fee. However, they say the 50-cent transaction fee is too high and accuse Higher One, the company in...
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NEWS
By Joseph Serna | January 14, 2009
Police are looking for information and possibly more cases involving two men they arrested last week and suspect of illegally withdrawing money from other people’s automated teller machine accounts and using their stolen credit and debit card information for purchases. Friday night, Costa Mesa police arrested Paul Hastings, 36, of San Juan Capistrano, and 29-year-old Rafael Aldaco of Whittier after authorities say they saw the men acting suspiciously in an area known for drug activity.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | January 12, 2009
A man who police said led them on a high-speed chase down Costa Mesa streets ending in a dramatic crash onto the Santa Ana Country Club golf course remained in critical condition Monday, officials said. Paul Hastings, 36, of San Juan Capistrano, was being treated at Santa Ana’s Western Medical Center Intensive Care Unit on Monday afternoon, days after police tackled him on the Costa Mesa golf course as he tried to get away, authorities said. According to police, Special Enforcement Detail detectives monitoring the Stater Bros.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | November 26, 2008
When Costa Mesa resident Kathy Putney checked her bank account Wednesday morning to see which charges on her debit card had cleared, two transactions stuck out: charges totaling more than $400 at a Kmart in Torrance. “Uh, oh,” was her first reaction, Putney said outside the Costa Mesa police station Wednesday afternoon. Putney hadn’t been in Torrance Tuesday, and she certainly hadn’t been at any Kmart there. She had only used her card once the day before, at a gas station in a neighboring city, she said.
LOCAL
January 23, 2008
Newport police identified at least six more victims of a credit theft scheme at an Exxon gas station on the Balboa Peninsula, bringing the victim total to 15, police said. Investigators believe the devices were put on pump payment machines at the 3401 Newport Blvd. station during the week of Jan. 6, police said. The thieves possibly nabbed information for hundreds of credit and debit cards, including card numbers and Personal Identification Numbers, police said. The thieves used debit card information to create phony cards, so they could withdraw the maximum amount at various ATMs in the Los Angeles area, police said.
LOCAL
By Kelly Strodl | January 18, 2008
Thieves used skimming devices attached to payment machines at a Newport Beach gas station to steal credit and debit card numbers, ripping off at least nine customers, authorities said Friday. Police speculate that the devices were placed on the pump pay stations at the Exxon gas station at 3401 Newport Blvd. some time last week, authorities said. The thieves captured scores of credit and debit card information, including card numbers and Personal Identification Numbers, police said.
NEWS
August 12, 2007
ORANGE COUNTY FAIR Fair sees record-breaking attendance this year The 2007 Orange County Fair closed up shop Aug. 5 with a record-breaking attendance of 1,069,052. Fair staffers are already planning for next year, when the theme will be "Say Cheese." Since opening day: $275,000 raised from the cattle drive went to Orange County public schools. 45,247 unlimited ride bracelets were sold. 9,243 fairgoers donated more than 22 tons of nonperishable food for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County on July 18. This will feed roughly 88,000 people.
LOCAL
By Jessie Brunner | August 10, 2007
Costa Mesa police arrested three people on suspicion of commercial burglary and use of counterfeit credit cards Thursday at South Coast Plaza, police said Friday. The suspects fled from the plaza near Bloomingdale’s because their transaction was taking longer than normal, Sgt. Bryan Glass said. Acting on a tip from a mall employee, police stopped the suspects as they were exiting a plaza parking lot and found about 30 fraudulent debit cards and card counterfeiting equipment in the vehicle, Glass said.
LOCAL
By Kelly Strodl | July 20, 2007
Identity theft reports in connection with a local Arco gas station continue pouring into the Costa Mesa Police Department, and hundreds of others who used the debit machine at the station are at risk, police said. The number of reported identity thefts has grown to 18. Thieves attached devices to debit card machines at the station from July 4 to July 10, stole information from customers and have withdrawn thousands of dollars from checking accounts, police said. Others who used the debit card machine at the site at Fair Drive and Fairview Road are vulnerable to theft from their accounts.
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