Bitcoin ATMs in Las Vegas! : Bitcoin

List of Physical Stores where you can Buy or Sell bitcoin

There are a number of foreign currency exchanges and other places where there's a "storefront"/branch and an actual teller or other staff where you can just walk up and do a bitcoin buy and/or sell. But I don't think there's ever been a list of them compiled. Lots of location discoveries get shared on social media, like this one, bu there is just no comprehensive list anywhere. So that's what I'ld like to do here. If you know of a location please comment with the name or some details.
Physical stores and Trading Spaces
Europe, Middle East, and Africa:
North America:
Asia-Pacific:
Vouchers (retail)
Gift Cards
Vending
Hardware wallet sales locations (Note: It's always more secure to buy direct from the manufacturer)
There are also over-the counter (OTC) traders, who may or may not have a fixed location, but are not considered to be "physical stores":
Please share your additions, corrections, or comments.
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Please help! I know the punks who stole my bitcoin!!

I am new and learning but am certain bitcoin is the future. I took my life savings and bought 10btc. I had my wallet on my main android phone and backup copy of my wallet on an old iphone. These 2 new 'friends' i was helping move to Los Angeles, must have seen me use my cellphone password. They stole my old iphone and then used my password to transfer all my 10btc to a different wallet. I tracked that wallet to an ATM in Las Vegas, where they used their own cell phone number to confirm the cash withdraw.
I gave the local cops all the info they need to prove they stole my bitcoin, even the ATM has the footage of them on video. My icloud is offline and cleared out. They are on the run and can be in any state. Their families are in TN and MI. They are 21 & 22. They probably gambled and drank it all away already. I found their facebook and saw they had many arrests for theft & drugs & firearms, but only one conviction ever. Their parents must keep paying lawyers to get them off. I need help to stop them, before the steal more or get people hurt.
The cops are not doing every much. They are calling them daily, no answer, to hear their side of the 'story'. How do i get someone to help stop them?? Ideas?? Please help!! Its all the money i ever had. I realize i made bad mistakes, but what these guys do to others is evil. What do i do now? Any help?
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[uncensored-r/Bitcoin] Please help! I know the punks who stole my bitcoin!!

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I am new and learning but am certain bitcoin is the future. I took my life savings and bought 10btc. I had my wallet on my main android phone and backup copy of my wallet on an old iphone. These 2 new 'friends' i was helping move to Los Angeles, must have seen me use my cellphone password. They stole my old iphone and then used my password to transfer all my 10btc to a different wallet. I tracked that wallet to an ATM in Las Vegas, where they used their own cell phone number to confirm the cash withdraw.
I gave the local cops all the info they need to prove they stole my bitcoin, even the ATM has the footage of them on video. My icloud is offline and cleared out. They are on the run and can be in any state. Their families are in TN and MI. They are 21 & 22. They probably gambled and drank it all away already. I found their facebook and saw they had many arrests for theft & drugs & firearms, but only one conviction ever. Their parents must keep paying lawyers to get them off. I need help to stop them, before the steal more or get people hurt.
The cops are not doing every much. They are calling them daily, no answer, to hear their side of the 'story'. How do i get someone to help stop them?? Ideas?? Please help!! Its all the money i ever had. I realize i made bad mistakes, but what these guys do to others is evil. What do i do now? Any help?
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The Royal Treatment at The Legends Room: A Member’s Experience

I first found out about Legends Room (legendsroomlv.com) through a couple of news articles written about the first Strip Club accepting cryptocurrency payments. The first article I read, I thought was interesting, but not interesting enough to investigate. I wasn’t a big advocate for strip clubs and I had only ever been to three in my life. The second article caught my attention with the lifetime membership being able to rent out. Since I never like money (even crypto money) to sit and do nothing, I decided to investigate further. Here was a potential model with practical use. It had holding value for lifetime members and a possible return on investment through rentals when members weren’t in the area to use them.
The Token
Legends Room Tokens (LGD) are event based tokens. The value of each token is directly correlated with events that are both happening in Las Vegas as well as events that are hosted at the Legends Room itself. I went through the historical charts of LGD on coinmarketcap.com and noticed that the token tended to stay at a baseline of around $1 a token, give or take some change. Occasionally, the token would spike and then go back to the baseline. This was confirmed with the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight which saw the token spike to a high of $4.28 on August 25th, the night before the fight.
The other value of the token is its model itself. It serves as both a membership token and coupon. Token holders of any amount are granted 20% discounts of merchandise and services. Hodlers of 5000 tokens or more were considered lifetime members. Members had access to the exclusive members side of the club with the specialized events and guest dancers. Some of these dancers are major names in the adult entertainment industry. In layman’s terms; porn stars.
The Girls
After researching the token and its history, I moved my attention to the quality of the club starting with the girls. I was immediately captured by the unendingly beautiful Kenna James, one of Legends Room poster girls. I began to follow all their poster girls on Twitter and get insight to who these girls were and what they were about. Kenna was my inspiration to finally break down a buy the 5,000 LGD to become a member and investigate further. As a member, that gave me the ability to arrange time with favorite stars when I visit.
The Legends Room
Finally, it was time to test the club itself. I was determined to test the boundaries and get the full experience of the Legends Room. One of the things I like about the club is that they take great care to respect its members privacy and go through great lengths to take care of customers using cryptocurrencies.
Members were invited to an exclusive Slack channel. On the Slack channel, members could socialize with each other as well as receive news about upcoming events. The woman behind the scenes is a girl we only know as Kiki. I immediately e-mailed Kiki and scheduled a visit to the club as well as a private dance with the exotic Kenna James. Lifetime membership includes access to one guest. Since I was taking two buddies with me, I rented a membership for the other.
The evening we were scheduled to visit, the club limo driver called me to confirm pickup time and location. My friends and I were elated to step out of the hotel to a silver limousine with the Legends Room logo waiting for us.
We arrived at the members entrance to the club where we were greeted by several people and introduced to the hostess that was assigned to my party for the evening. The hostess made sure that all our needs were met. We were there a little before the club opened. The hostess gave us a tour of the club and seated us. She made sure the waitresses took our orders and just had casual conversation with us until the girls started showing up.
The club is very beautiful and well designed. The seating arrangement was designed well so that the whole room had perfect view of the stage. All the seats were leather couches and were very comfortable.
The Food
I have only been to a few strip clubs. Every time the food has always been less than stellar. The owner of Legends Room also owns a restaurant called The Blind Pig. We were given menus to order food. When the food arrived, I was pleasantly surprised on how delicious it was. One of my friends with me is a connoisseur of sorts when it comes to different kinds of food. Even food that he says he likes, he never finishes. I have only seen him finish his plate three times in all the time that I’ve known him and this was one of those times. When he says the food is good, it really is very good.
The Owners
While we waited for the food, one of the owners “One Kick Nick” sat down and talked with us. Nick also owns a gym which trains UFC fighters. Nick has been well engrained in both the night club industry and fighting scene for decades. Although tall and intimidating, Nick is soft spoken and intelligent. We talked about his ideas on the formation of the club as well as his history with the UFC.
One of the other owners, Peter, I talked to only briefly. He tended to stay in the background watching and ensuring that everything worked out. I got his contact information and talk to him some more afterwards. Peter is the brain behind the crypto and technological side of the Legends Room.
At the end of the evening we were greeted by Stephan Bonnar, the third in the dynamic trio. Stephan was also cool to hang out with. Our conversations were on investments, fighting, martial arts, and his new quest for professional wrestling.
Together, the owners and staff, made an excellent team that welcomed us with wide open arms and hospitality. We were given more than just the royal treatment. We felt like we were a part of the family.
The Entertainment
When the girls arrived, they immediately sat down with us and started talking with us. One of the newer poster girls, Brenna Sparks, along with a few local girls. We had a good time talking, drinking vodka, and taking shots. Well, it seemed appropriate to take the entertainment for a test drive while I was still waiting for Kenna to arrive. I took Brenna Sparks and a girl named Madison to a private dance. The experience was very playful and fun. Some of it might have had to do with the alcohol.
The Payment
This is the moment that all the crypto community has been waiting for. All my payments were done using Bitcoin. It was a cool method to take care of the bills and one of the reasons for my visit. I did hit a couple of snags in the process. First, I was slightly disappointed that the advertised Bitcoin ATM was under maintenance. I was hoping to use a Bitcoin ATM for the first time. Considering the beautiful girls that were all around me, my disappointment really didn’t last long. I could pay for the bar tab and the private dance with Bitcoin very easily. However, I hit a snag when I ran out of funds in my Bitcoin wallet. I wasn’t sure how much to load in my wallet for the event. Frantic to pay the bills I had to transfer funds from some of my exchanges to my Bitcoin wallet. Since I was drunk, I kept fat fingering passwords and locking myself out. It took me two hours to sort everything out. They ended up fixing the Bitcoin ATM after I left so I will definitely be looking at using that on my next visit!
Kenna James
Fortunately, the time it took me to sort out the crypto gave me a chance to sober a little and the girl I was waiting for had arrived. I took Kenna for the much-anticipated private dance and she was worth every cent. Kenna was like an angel descending from heaven. Her moves were fluid and exotic. Being with her at the club made the entire experience complete.
Summary
The entire experience of the Legends Room from start to end was one that I will never forget. The professional staff and owners made me feel like a part of the family. The food is amazing, the girls are to die for, and the environment calm and relaxing. We had so much fun with one night at Legends Room we couldn’t get enough and went for round two the following night. This time we were sure to load up our Bitcoin wallets. I recommend setting aside about $5k in Bitcoin for each evening that you want to really enjoy in the members area. I spent a little less than that between the bar tab and the girls and it was worth it. Going forward I will definitely set at least $5k for the evening budget. If you plan on drinking, just give all the money over to your hostess and have her keep your budget for you. She will make sure you are on point the whole evening. Finally, tip everyone well! They really take care of you and deserve it!
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Help me catch these punks that stole my bitcoin!!

I am new and learning but am certain bitcoin is the future. I took my life savings and bought 10btc. I had my wallet on my main android phone and backup copy of my wallet on an old iphone. These 2 new 'friends' i was helping move to Los Angeles, must have seen me use my cellphone password. They stole my old iphone and then used my password to transfer all my 10btc to a different wallet. I tracked that wallet to an ATM in Las Vegas, where they used their own cell phone number to confirm the cash withdraw.
I gave the local cops all the info they need to prove they stole my bitcoin, even the ATM has the footage of them on video. My icloud is offline and cleared out. They are on the run and can be in any state. Their families are in TN and MI. They are 21 & 22. They probably gambled and drank it all away already. I found their facebook and saw they had many arrests for theft & drugs & firearms, but only one conviction ever. Their parents must keep paying lawyers to get them off. I need help to stop them, before the steal more or get people hurt.
The cops are not doing every much. They are calling them daily, no answer, to hear their side of the 'story'. How do i get someone to help stop them?? Ideas?? Please help!! Its all the money i ever had. I realize i made bad mistakes, but what these guys do to others is evil. What do i do now? Any help?
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09-23 23:42 - 'Please help! I know the punks who stole my bitcoin!!' (self.Bitcoin) by /u/BitcoinsAnonymous removed from /r/Bitcoin within 26-36min

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I am new and learning but am certain bitcoin is the future. I took my life savings and bought 10btc. I had my wallet on my main android phone and backup copy of my wallet on an old iphone. These 2 new 'friends' i was helping move to Los Angeles, must have seen me use my cellphone password. They stole my old iphone and then used my password to transfer all my 10btc to a different wallet. I tracked that wallet to an ATM in Las Vegas, where they used their own cell phone number to confirm the cash withdraw.
I gave the local cops all the info they need to prove they stole my bitcoin, even the ATM has the footage of them on video. My icloud is offline and cleared out. They are on the run and can be in any state. Their families are in TN and MI. They are 21 & 22. They probably gambled and drank it all away already. I found their facebook and saw they had many arrests for theft & drugs & firearms, but only one conviction ever. Their parents must keep paying lawyers to get them off. I need help to stop them, before the steal more or get people hurt.
The cops are not doing every much. They are calling them daily, no answer, to hear their side of the 'story'. How do i get someone to help stop them?? Ideas?? Please help!! Its all the money i ever had. I realize i made bad mistakes, but what these guys do to others is evil. What do i do now? Any help?
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[uncensored-r/Bitcoin] Help me catch these punks that stole my bitcoin!!

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I am new and learning but am certain bitcoin is the future. I took my life savings and bought 10btc. I had my wallet on my main android phone and backup copy of my wallet on an old iphone. These 2 new 'friends' i was helping move to Los Angeles, must have seen me use my cellphone password. They stole my old iphone and then used my password to transfer all my 10btc to a different wallet. I tracked that wallet to an ATM in Las Vegas, where they used their own cell phone number to confirm the cash withdraw.
I gave the local cops all the info they need to prove they stole my bitcoin, even the ATM has the footage of them on video. My icloud is offline and cleared out. They are on the run and can be in any state. Their families are in TN and MI. They are 21 & 22. They probably gambled and drank it all away already. I found their facebook and saw they had many arrests for theft & drugs & firearms, but only one conviction ever. Their parents must keep paying lawyers to get them off. I need help to stop them, before the steal more or get people hurt.
The cops are not doing every much. They are calling them daily, no answer, to hear their side of the 'story'. How do i get someone to help stop them?? Ideas?? Please help!! Its all the money i ever had. I realize i made bad mistakes, but what these guys do to others is evil. What do i do now? Any help?
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My Techno thriller. Introducing Lew Ash, my protagonist.

Lewis Ash was drunk.
“Well maybe not quite drunk.”, he mused fuzzily. He leaned over and inhaled deeply from the exquisite wine glass recently proffered with much ceremony by Henry, sommeliere at The Club, by far Lew's favorite restaurant in Seoul.
He and Henry had a longstanding tradition. Henry would educate with the first bottle of the evening, tonight had been a brilliant Australian Shiraz whose dark brooding finish still lurked somewhere in the animal part of Lew's brain, but by bottle nine or ten Henry was uncorking wine for inebriation purposes only. Lew was currently on bottle six, “Maybe seven if I really think about it for a second,” he thought, “But there are three of us for dinner and so that's closer to two each. Plus Henry no doubt reserved a glass or two of the first bottle for his own enjoyment.”
The thought of Henry reminded Lew of the glass in his hand. He took a long sip of the wine and swirled its thick texture around his mouth. He did have to hand it to Henry, the man certainly knew his wines. The Club cellar's contained thousands of bottles, all lovingly acquired and cared for by Henry and his staff of wine waiters. Henry regularly travelled the world's great wine regions, buying carefully for The Club's cellar, routinely acknowledged as one of the best in Asia. Lew had one year made the enormous error of offering to accompany Henry on a week long buying session in France. Hundreds of tastings and hours spent discussing the minutia of Grand Cru vintages and their progress gave Lew a vast appreciation for Henry's craft and a strong desire to never peek behind the curtains again.
He swallowed his mouthful of wine and smiled with sincere gratitude at Henry. “I don't know how you do it Henry?”, in response to Henry's quizzical expression. Turning to his dining partners Lew began to fill them in on the understanding he and Henry had come to. “Henry here serves me his best wine first, cost be damned”, he paused, grinned and nodded approvingly to Henry who proceeded to fill the new set of glasses which had magically appeared in front of each diner, “But this bottle can cost no more than twenty bucks”, he took a somewhat larger mouthful of the wine which he casually noted was from some winery in Spain of which he had never heard, “And to my uneducated and somewhat intoxicated palate tastes even better than that first bottle. By the way Henry how much did that first one cost anyway?”
A small glint flashed in Henry's eyes as he bowed slightly at Lew's side, his lithe body, elegant in a bespoke tuxedo a stark contrast to Lew's slightly puffy yet still powerful 90 kilos. “Mr. Ash sir”, Henry replied in his flat, Canadian accented English, “I will summon the manager with your account sir”, knowing full well Lew was only having fun in front of his guests.
One guest, who had taken on the politest of sips from each offered vintage, was clearly getting annoyed with Lew. She, Nancy or Naomi or something, Lew was a little confused and really didn't care, was a bitter looking 40 something american from the accounting firm that handled Lew's finances. Every six months the esteemed firm sent out someone with forms to be signed and accounts and expenditures to review and approve. It was never the same person but over the last few years Lew had come to realize the accounting weenie came in two distinct flavors; either someone who embraced the long trip as a reward; these people Lew saw right away, signed their forms, and got one of his guys to make sure they had a good time in Seoul; or they were like the type across the table from him now. Nancy/Naomi had a thin, pinched yoga toned face that currently carried an expression that told the world she would rather be anywhere but here. “Of course she probably has that expression no matter where she is”, thought Lew and the thought of naked bony ass bent over with moans emanating from her sour lemon face caused Lew to start laughing. “Take it from the top”, he ordered. “He would make her go over the report one more time then put her out of her obvious misery and let her escape back to whatever cubicle hell she called home”.
While she droned on about dividend yields, asset allocation rebalancing and tax strategies Lew sat back, sipped some more wine and remembered how, on the eve of his 45th birthday, he came to be here.
In early 2010 Lew was working in Manchester England as a late 30's sales manager for a firm that supplied engineering samples and design advice to tech firms in the north of England. One of his junior sales guys, a hard working but somewhat naive 22 year old named Freddie, had granted credit to a start up company working on a new type of ATM machine. The firm was on Lew's list of problem credit accounts that Lew had to review and resolve first thing every morning. It was his least favorite part of the job, calling firms who couldn't or wouldn't pay their bills, to tell them parts that they expected that morning just were not going to ship without some cash changing hands. Some customers reacted with anger, blaming Lew and his disorganized and predatory firm for screwing things up; some were apologetic and resigned, some were enthusiastic and oblivious. Freddie's account, BTC Global Systems, a grand name for what was in actuality two software engineering students living in a Manchester University dorm, fell into the latter category.
Their company, such as it was, owed a paltry four hundred pounds for some programmable logic parts that Freddie had allowed them to purchase on credit. That fateful morning Lew had had gotten one of the students, Laslo, on the phone. “Give me something” he remembered having said to the not so business savvy student who didn't realize that there was nothing Lew could really do to collect the debt. Even though the amount was small Lew was penalized a part of his bonus for every account that had to be written off and he was damned well going to get something from this guy. Laslo had obviously heard the anger in Lew's voice because later that afternoon he had appeared at Lew's drab suburban office and dropped off an envelope containing a USB drive and a brief note. That note, which Lew still carried with him in his wallet, had apologized for the inconvenience the outstanding bill had caused and offered up something called bitcoins in a proposed settlement of the account.
Lew had read the note, thought briefly about calling the accounts department to let them know, then thrown the envelope into his desk drawer, a problem to be dealt with at some future time. Several years passed in a grey Manchester monotony. The unfortunate Freddie was let go during a wave of layoffs and the BTC Global Systems account and it's four hundred pound debt was written off and Lew's bonus dinged accordingly. At home Lew's wife of ten years had decided she could do better than a mid level sales rep who truthfully didn't really pay enough attention to her. Lew took her leaving in stride and when the divorce papers arrived he signed them, less sad than he thought he would be. It was Christmas 2012, and Lew was alone. His parents had died within months of each other a few years back and he had no siblings. His friends had offered him christmas dinners and holiday invites but he had been feeling restless and had decided on a whim to travel to the States and visit Las Vegas. It was in the back of the Thomas Cook 767 where the flight attendant handed him the Wall Street Journal where he read an article explaining the meteoric rise in value of a mysterious crypto currency known at Bitcoin. Lew had felt his heart literally stop as he read and reread the line about the current Bitcoin value of $13 US dollars.
Lew had devoured the article and filled more than a few cocktail napkins with calculations. He had not been able to remember for the life of him how many bitcoins had been mentioned in Laslo's note but he had been sure it was in the thousands. He experienced a blur of a week in Las Vegas but could not wait to get back to Manchester and search for the usb drive that he was sure was still sitting at the bottom of his junk filled desk drawer. After landing Lew had rushed straight to his office where, on a cold and grey Sunday morning, Lew found the drive. It had been even better than he had been imaging. The twice blessed Laslo's note had said he hope that his payment of one hundred thousand bitcoins would be sufficient. Lew had remembered doing the math and realizing he was holding over a million dollars, then realizing he knew nothing about how to get use of the money, and, more importantly, the million dollar drive properly belonged Lew's employer.
He had quickly realized that barring Freddie, no one at his employer had any clue that the drive existed. Freddie was long gone, moved back to his local village, his time in the big city a barely remembered failure. His ex wife was well and truly gone and there was nothing really holding him back from just walking out the front door and never returning.
Lew smiled to himself at the memory, nodded to Naomi/Nancy to keep going, and remembered back to those first few months after finding the drive. He had resigned his position, citing the need for a fresh start in a new city, and travelled to Seoul with the thumb drive never leaving his sight. He had booked an appointment with a law firm he had researched, paid them a retainer which had consumed most of his old life's savings, an iniated a slow transfer of bitcoins into dollar accounts held in a long list of international banks. Over the course of 2013 Lew's lawyers had sold about 10,000 bitcoins a month, at prices rainging from $100 per coin to the last tranche which the law firm, which now counted Lew as one of its most valued clients, which traded hands at an eye popping $1100 per coin. Lew's total haul from the drive had come to a shade over $50 million. His lawyers had done what they had been paid handsomely to do and Lew's money was legitimate, clean and accessible. He had paid tax to the local authorities and no one had raised any uncomfortable questions about the origin of Lew's sudden riches. The one meeting Lew had had with the Korean tax authorities had been conducted in an atmosphere of deference and politeness in the impressivley polished boardroom of Lew's respected law firm. The money was parceled up and invested around the world and despite Lew's best efforts, still continued to grow faster than Lew spent it.
Naomi/Nancy was clearly coming to the end of her dissertation so Lew held up a finger to stop her. She trailed off as she realized he wasn't going to listen further.
“What's the bottom line?”, he asked. “Humor me. If I sell everything and cash out what do I have?'
Naomi/Nancy almost smiled as she swiped her tablet and turned the device toward Lew. The number at the bottom was $58 million and a few thousands change.
Lew smiled, heaved himself out of the chair and swayed a little unsteadlily.
“Life is good Naomi,” kind of hoping he had the name right. “Life is good.”
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[Table] I work for the fraud department for one of the largest USA banks AMA

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Date: 2014-11-04
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What's the biggest "Oh shit" moment you've encountered in the fraud department? Biggest "Oh shit"? I had a lady that did gave identity theft and it was crazy elaborate. Not only did they intercept a new card, they signed up for FedEx and had a card rerouted to a FedEx store with a fake ID and picked up the card. Activated it then charge over 2 grand in a single day.
Thanks for the AMA! I have 3 questions. What is the most common type of fraud you deal with? Assuming you had their identity, what is/is there restitution or punishment for an individual who unsuccessfully tries to steal a customer's money? Do you attempt to track down people trying to engage in fraudulent behavior? As stated above. Counterfeit would be the most common. Basically someone copies a debit or credit card and sells the info online. Next type would be card info gained from merchants when a merchant is compromised.
Normally banks won't go after a perp if they try a charge and it gets denied. It's all because the funds weren't spent and the charge never accepted. So we usually let the customer know to pursue it with the local police.
I don't track people down myself. We do have a claims department and legal department that does assist with local and federal police. They are the ones that take down perps. So whenever you hear about someone getting caught for identity theft or a crime ring busted, your bank had some hand in it.
Why is fraud most frequently in these states? What isn't about these states that is being exploited? Well if you look at this way. These areas like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, all have high population density. So these perps put a device on a card reader at a high volume gas station. They sit and wait. 4 hour of work could probably net about 500-1000 cards. They sell all those numbers off and make bank. That's why.
Where as in a smaller populated area they will get maybe 50-100 in 4 hours. It's all about the numbers.
What do you actually do? I deal with specifically counterfeit and friendly fraud.
I seriously have no idea why it's called friendly fraud. It's basically fraud committed by the customer to the bank ie fake checks, stolen checks, forged checks.
I used to look for fraud charges on consumer debit or credit cards. That's a whole other deal. People spend crazy on credit cards vs debit cards.
You mention stolen checks, do you actually look at people's signatures to determine fakes or do you wait for people to call and complain? Do you ever catch things before the customer knows? Look at signatures to determine if it's the same person writing it out, or if it was a stolen check and determine if said person actually wrote it out or someone else. I usually don't contact them, I submit a form and explain why we should put a hold on the account.
I always catch the customer committing the fraud before any serious damage happens. You would not believe how stupid people can be.
On top of that, I also look for forged money orders. You wouldn't believe how easy it is to spot a fake check, a forged money order or a stolen check. These people think it doesn't get by us. They also deposit it through an atm which automatically takes a picture of the check and stores it for me to look at.
Does the bank ever recoup losses from fraud? Banks normally recoup because of charge back rights. So if the bank had the right, the store or merchant loses. If it's atm fraud, banks losses. I've actually seen accounts where some guy had lost over $35k in atm fraud alone.
What would it take to implement better security for credit cards? You said yourself that copying credit cards is incredibly common and easy, so why not make a card that is not copyable? I've never heard of successful fraud with bitcoin... Well, you will see changes soon because most banks will be switching to a chip and pin system.
Now you or anyone can stop the human tenacity to copy cards. It will happen.
Bitcoin will not be used because no bank had the structure nor software for it. That would take years and millions of dollars to make and implement. Not to mention all the payment processing companies would need to change it.
How much of the fraud that does go on is perpetrated by people working within banks? Actually fraud doesn't happen to often and gets caught pretty quickly considering how stupid people can be.
Does the corporate culture ever feel stifling, unfriendly, or more focused on petty things like attire than important things like skill and effort? No. Where I work there is really no dress code except you know nothing too revealing and nothing too exotic.
How often does the FBI wind up getting involved? Now the FBI do get involved when there is large amounts of cards being compromised with the same fraud trend. That all happens with our legal team and Visa/Mastercard/AMEX.
Do not spell your name. It's 2014, we have computers with your info. Then how will the bank know that they are speaking with the card holder? Just remember that a perp can call in and pose as you if they have enough info.
That would be a reason not to tell you our name at all. We look for subtle clues and I have spoken to the actual perp trying to pose as a cardholder. I had one recently that passed through our automated system but when I talked to him, he had a Russian accent.
TIL Russian accent makes you a "perp" Look down below. The guy on the account vs the guy on the phone, 2 different people.
Why does the US not yet have chip&pin? Because the banks and merchant are too cheap to switch over. Now that fraud is running rampant with counterfeit and banks are losing more and more money per year, they decided to switch.
Also fun fact: Banks lose more than $100 million a year in fraud alone.
Do not use the word "hack" because you're using it wrong. Exact quote My account got hacked! No, your card got copied, or no your iTunes is being used by your child (I cannot say that, I wish I could but I do ask if their kids use itunes)
How do people use it incorrectly? So many times that iTunes got hacked. In actuality it's their kids or spouse.
In a general sense any unauthorized access to an account (like iTunes) could be considered "hacking" but I see your point and that would certainly be annoying. Right but did you know that any iTunes account needs a debit or credit card for it to be established? Not only that but alot of parents sset up kids account with their own cards and lo and behold, it gets charged.
Another question that came to mind is that many banks will ask, when you call in, to have you state your name and birthdate to verify your identity. This seems a small hurdle, what's the point of these questions, and if it is for actual validation shouldn't something a bit less common such as my last transaction be used? Actually, yes it's used for verification. Most fraud teams are trained to listen for subtle clues to know if we are talking with the card holder.
Like most people know their date of birth or last 4 of their social. If a perp calls in there are things they do like pausing or taking time to answer. So we use these to make sure we are speaking with the card holder.
Do you think the implementation of ApplePay will decrease the chance of fraud like Apple claims that it will? From what I understand the card information is never available to the vendors such as target, home depot, etc. Apple pay is just like every other electronic wallet. I still don't get why it's more popular than others since it charges the most for it. Do I think it reduces fraud? Yes and no.
You also have to look at people open up emails and will follow links so there are ways to compromise an electronic wallet.
If I get my credit card stolen (actual card), find out 4 hours later they've eaten at a few fancy restaurants and bought some stuff at best buy, and then call and report my card stolen... what is the process usually like from there? How likely is it that the other person ultimately gets caught? Do they just call the individual places and tell them to look at their cameras? How likely are they to be caught? I have no idea and the reason is that it's handled separately by a different department. I believe they do a investigation or if it is small enough, the bank will usually eat the costs.
What is the most common sort of fraud you encounter? Counterfeit fraud is the most common. Lots of people get their card copied. It isn't that rare. Lately it has been major compromises with a lot of merchants like home depot, target, Kmart and the likes.
Okay, so I look like I'm in Mexico and Mexican and all, but really... I'm Nigerian! Wanna partner up? I'm not interested in helping you unless you're interested in helping yourself and your family. I'm a family kind of guy and hope to see your kids grow up to be trust fund babies. So... how 'bout it? Lol, I have actually talked to customers that fell for that email and gave out ALL of their info. Also have had customers fall for the Microsoft tech support call and allowing them to get access of their computer.
We are talking about frog protection, right? I hate that fucking commercial. It gets it so wrong and offices are not that brightly lit.
How many people work on a case in relation to the amount of money? Be more specific?
Usually cases are worked by an individual and calls are made to verify activity.
Do you handle lots of money differently than a little money? I personally don't handle any money. All accounts relating to debit and credit cards.
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