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Help stop credit-card fraud

Dear Editor:

Last Friday, I was the victim of credit-card fraud. Even though my card was not lost or stolen, an actual card encoded with my credit-card information was presented at a Wal-Mart in Orem, Utah, to the tune of $890.

I also have heard personally of at least three other recent cases involving other Aspen residents. In the past, it would not have occurred to me to report this sort of incident to the police, especially since the only repercussion I suffered was the inconvenience of having to cancel my card.

However, because of the Aspen Police Department’s fraud alert in the beginning of March informing the public that there has been a dramatic uptick in the number of fraud cases (the rate had tripled in one week, according to the alert), I filed a police report. I would like to strongly encourage anyone else whose card has recently been used fraudulently to also file a report with the police and cooperate with its investigation so that, if in fact there is some sort of fraud ring operating in Aspen, it can be shut down.

M. Bridget Bielinski


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