Don’t celebrate paying off a credit card with more spending
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All too often, debt is an unbreakable cycle. Splurging after getting debt under control only continues that cycle.

For a lot of people, debt is a cycle.

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Trent Hamm

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Visa Profit Rises 30 Percent As Card Use Rises

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Visa Profit Rises 30 Percent As Card Use Rises
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NEW YORK (AP) — Visa said Wednesday that its profit for the first three months of the year was up 30 percent from the year before, primarily because credit card use rose in the United States and overseas. The company said Americans rang up 12 percent more on their charge cards for the quarter. Debit card use grew by only 4 percent to $ 284 million, however, the slowest growth in a year. Banks have eliminated some debit card rewards programs since October, when the government limited the fees banks can charge stores for card transactions. Like MasterCard, Visa makes money by processing card transactions for banks and other issuers. Visa has dominated the market for debit card transactions, which is why the slowdown isn’t good news. There’s also evidence MasterCard is swiping some market share in debit cards: Its U.S. debit card transactions grew by 21 percent to $ 152 million. For the quarter, Visa said its net income was $ 1.3 billion, or $ 1.60 per share. Wall Street was expecting $ 1.51. Revenue rose 15 percent to $ 2.6 billion. Wall Street was expecting $ 2.48 billion. Visa CEO Joseph Saunders told stock analysts that the company had received requests for information from the Justice Department’s antitrust division related to debit card fees. Saunders said the company complied and met with the Justice Department twice in March. He said the Justice Dep…………… continues on

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Credit card fraud has taken a high-tech twist. Thieves using Bluetooth and other wireless technology can skim personal information from a credit card without the owner’s knowledge.

Channel 2’s Tom Regan found out the technology to skim credit cards is easy to buy.

In the split second it takes to swipe a credit card, criminals can copy, clone an account and take off on a spending spree. A Cobb County man said he was a victim, and the thief racked up $ 80,000 in charges in one month.

“Every day I was in a panic about what he was going to do next. I would get random calls from different companies saying there was a new account opened,” Art Zeigler told Regan.

The suspect in that case was arrested at a casino driving a jaguar rented with a counterfeit card in Zeigler’s name.

“The guy purchased all kinds of stuff. He purchased fur coats, Xboxs, jewelry, diamonds, clothing. He had his teeth whitened. The list goes on and on. They found all kinds of stuff in his truck for Christmas presents,” said Zeigler.

Identify thieves often use equipment they purchase legally online. Regan was able to purchase skimming equipment online with no questions asked.

Waiters and other employees who process transactions can use small skimming devices to secretly copy a card’s magnetic strip.

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