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Florida scam artists admits to stealing hundreds of credit card numbers

June 30, 2012

When it comes to keeping credit card data safe, merchants need to make the right arrangements and hire trustworthy employees.

When it comes to keeping credit card data safe, merchants need to make the right arrangements and hire trustworthy employees.

In one recent case, an employee at a Boynton Beach McDonald’s in Florida was arrested for stealing credit card information from restaurant customers. The Sun Sentinel reports that 20-year-old Delson St. Pierre told police that he had been skimming credit card information for a month, getting information from around 129 paying customers.

After he was caught, St. Pierre said that he had gotten the device from an unknown person who gave him $500 for every 30 credit card numbers he was able to steal. The scheme was discovered after one victim told a manger that they had received a $238.49 charge from a purchase they never made at a Target.

In addition to running stringent background checks on employees, businesses can also protect credit card data from being stolen by making sure that they achieve Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance. PCI compliance will ensure that data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

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