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Security issues highlight need for PCI compliance

August 14, 2012

Merchants all over the United States are forced to deal with the threat of credit card fraud on a daily basis. In some communities, the problem is worse than others, with criminals hitting a specific region to maximize profits.

Merchants all over the United States are forced to deal with the threat of credit card fraud on a daily basis. In some communities, the problem is worse than others, with criminals hitting a specific region to maximize profits.

In one recent case, law enforcement officials in Saugus, Massachusetts, have been looking into a recent string of stolen credit cards in the area, The Daily Item reports. In an interview with the paper, Saugus Police Lieutenant Ronald Giorgetti said that most of the complaints had come from customers of the same business. 

He also encouraged people in the area to closely monitor their expenses to see if they had been falsely charged.

“They’re still coming in,” said Giorgetti in an interview with the paper. “It’s not just local to Saugus residents. People should be checking their credit card statements and their credit and, if they notice any transactions they’re not responsible for, they should be reporting it to their local police departments.”

While the situation has yet to get sorted out, the merchant services issue can often be prevented with payment card industry (PCI) compliance. The steps required for PCI compliance often give consumers and retailers a higher level of protection.

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