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ROSEBURG, Ore. - Nicholas Artherholt was arrested on Wednesday, December 6, after committing 65 fraudulent credit card charges.
Artherholt stole his father's credit card number and racked up more than $2,600 in fraudulent charges. As a result he is being charged with theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, and computer crime.
Police said the holidays are a dangerous time of year for credit and debit cards, but there are ways to protect yourself.
They said to sign your new card as soon as you get it, keep receipts in a safe place, and never give out your PIN or full social security number.
When using an ATM, make sure your card is sliding in smoothly and there are no devices scanning your information.
Online, only shop from reputable websites that you trust.
When shopping in person, make sure you can see your card at all times during the transaction.
Lastly, pay particularly close attention to your transactions during the holiday season.
Sgt. Dennis Chrisenbery with the Roseburg Police Department said the holidays make people more vulnerable because criminals know they're out there spending money.
”There’s just a lot more activity regarding credit cards in particular and purchases overall. So as that legitimate activity increases criminal activity sort of follows suit," said Chrisenbery.
He said taking these steps to protect yourself can help you in the long run.
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