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Vail police offering free training to prevent credit card fraud

VAIL — Almost half of Americans have been victims of credit card fraud in the past five years, and a Vail Police seminar is designed to help prevent it.

"Over the last few years, the Vail Valley has been hit hard by criminals using stolen credit card information to make hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of fraudulent purchases," Vail Police Det. Jessie Rector said. "Fortunately, many of these criminals were apprehended, prosecuted and required to pay restitution to the merchants, as a direct result of a retail employee noticing that something seemed odd."

The Vail Police Department is hosting a free course from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Four Seasons in Vail to help retail and hospitality employees prevent future incidents of credit card fraud.

Rector will teach you how to recognize some of the signs of credit card fraud and how to contact police.

During the class, he'll also call in a credit card, so people can see how easy it can be, he said.

In 2016, Americans lost $24.7 billion to credit card fraud, according to a Nilson Report. Barclays found that 47 percent of the world's credit card fraud happens right here in the United States.

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Contact Rector at jrector@vailgov.com for more information about the credit card prevention training and sign-up instructions.

If You Go …

What: Free credit card fraud prevention training with Vail Police Department.

When: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16.

Where: Four Seasons, 1 Vail Road, Vail.

Cost: Free.

More information: Contact Vail Police Det. Jessie Rector at jrector@vailgov.com for sign-up instructions.