Credit and debit cards can make life more convenient, but one ministry learned that an unsecured credit card machine can allow scam artists to swipe more than just plastic.
A ministry-run thrift store had closed for the night. Thieves carrying two credit cards found their way into the store and put a credit totaling over $5,000 on the cards, leaving the thrift store on the hook for the fraudulent “refunds.” Without the cards’ expiration dates and security codes, investigators will have a difficult time tracking down the culprits.
Ministries with credit card machines in bookstores, coffee shops, and other locations can take several actions to stay one step ahead of scammers:
Thieves will continue to look for ways to target credit card machines, but ministries that stay vigilant can guard their finances from these types of schemes.
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