Editorials

July 17, 2014 5:20 PM

Our view: Scamming widespread; refuse to be duped

It’s too bad we can’t count on companies to have customers’ best interest at heart, at least not when it comes to thwarting credit card and phone fraud. Legislators in Washington urged companies Tuesday to do more to protect consumers. They were told that better cards, better technology and better rules are solutions – not new laws. We’re not so sure. Until protecting customers becomes more costly than allowing thieves to prey on them, we doubt much good will happen. Congress should find ways to force phone companies and firms who transfer money through interstate phone lines and the Internet to bear part of this burden. Realistically, the best defense is healthy skepticism. That’s what kept Turlock’s Jerry Parsons from being scammed Wednesday. A caller told him he had won a government grant. All he needed to do to get $9,500 was provide a bank account or credit card number so the money could be transferred. Parsons noted the caller’s number then declined to be duped. He turned the number over to police, but there’s little they can do; the scammers are not local. That’s why we need better laws: The criminals aren’t local, but their victims are.

Related content

Comments

Videos

More Videos

Woman Breaks Into Home, Starts Fire 01:20

Woman Breaks Into Home, Starts Fire

10th Congressional District Forum 01:30

10th Congressional District Forum

Fatal crash off Highway 99 in Turlock 01:54

Fatal crash off Highway 99 in Turlock

Caitlyn Jenner meets her critics at a high school that embraces transgender students 06:59

Caitlyn Jenner meets her critics at a high school that embraces transgender students

Go underwater with the 'Lochte Launch' 01:12

Go underwater with the 'Lochte Launch'

Watch a simulation of an 8.0 earthquake striking Southern California 00:37

Watch a simulation of an 8.0 earthquake striking Southern California

Mayo Clinic: Is your refrigerator-freezer healthy? 01:10

Mayo Clinic: Is your refrigerator-freezer healthy?

The White House celebrates May 4 00:23

The White House celebrates May 4

Hundreds duel with light sabers on Star Wars Day 01:13

Hundreds duel with light sabers on Star Wars Day

Cinco de Mayo classic Margarita with a twist 00:46

Cinco de Mayo classic Margarita with a twist

Vandemark sets tone in Gregori's playoff-clinching win over Downey 02:09

Vandemark sets tone in Gregori's playoff-clinching win over Downey

Share Video

Editor's Choice Videos