March 28, 2014
Burbank resident Jennifer Smith works three jobs and, for the most part, tried to pinch pennies as much as she could. And for that, her credit was nearly flawless. At least that was the case until several weeks ago, when an alleged thief opened numerous credit card accounts in Smith's name and went on a lavish shopping spree, spending more than $14,000 in a matter of days, bouncing from store to store in Glendale and Burbank. While the woman racked up the charges, Smith could be facing crumbling credit.
January 17, 2013
Authorities are looking for a woman they suspect of stealing wallets from three women as they shopped in the Santa Clarita Valley, later using their credit cards to buy jewelry and get cash. Three women reported their wallets were stolen from their purses in separate incidents Saturday as they shopped at various grocery stores, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. Following the thefts, the victims' credit cards were used to purchase expensive jewelry and withdraw cash from various banks, authorities said.
September 28, 2012
Re: “ Crime motivates Walmart opposition ,” Mailbag, Sept. 26. The letter writer says, “The type of people the store (Walmart) attracts and the crime would be bad for the rest of the businesses in that area,” meaning the Empire Center. She goes on to say we have a Costco, Target and a Kmart nearby. Well, I was in line in the Kmart store on Wednesday with three women together in line ahead of me. They bought $96 worth of merchandise, argued with the cashier over the total, and they tried to pay for it with a bogus credit card.
July 31, 2012
As someone who does pretty much does everything online besides tying my shoelaces, it didn't come as a shock that more and more people are shopping for their next pet online. As long as I have a name and a credit card to go along with it, I can click a button and instantaneously, my pup is on its way. These days, the consumer is ultra-savvy. With the emergence of social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook, businesses and consumers have a direct line of communication and know more about each other.
November 21, 2011
Salvation Army Burbank kicked off its ubiquitous red kettle fundraising campaign Monday, with organizers hoping to do far better than last year, when donations came in well below expectations. This year, the local Salvation Army wants to raise $70,000 to help pay for community programs throughout the coming year. “Last year, we didn't make anywhere near it,” Lt. Kari Rudd of Salvation Army Burbank Corps Community Center said. “There was a huge rain storm the last few weeks [of the year]
March 17, 2010
Should Rep. Adam Schiff be defended? For that matter, should President Obama be held liable for the national deficit, the stimulus plan, the bloated budget and the health-care-cost trends? In his March 10 letter, “Representative trying to kill the economy,” Brian Stauffer expressed his fear of more deficits and demanded fiscal prudence for the sake of the future of our nation. I fully agree with his sentiments. Washington seems to have forsaken our financial future.
February 17, 2010
Any time a customer swipes their credit or debit card, merchants can incur fees of up to 35% of the purchase. But for the merchants who belong to the National Merchants Assn., which recently made the 3,700-mile move from Anchorage to Burbank, it doesn’t have to be that way. “We actually operate as an association,” said Heather Petersen, chief executive of the association. “What that means is, we are the only association registered with Visa and MasterCard in the whole entire United States.
October 24, 2009
We’ve all felt it, that nagging worry about your bank account. The bills never stop. Maybe this will be the charge that gets declined on the credit card, the week the manager cuts part-time hours. That COBRA health insurance option from the previous job is rapidly depleting the savings account. These days, there seems to be an unlimited number of economic stressors that invade our thoughts, and for some, the burden can become too heavy. Some clinical experts have speculated that all the financial worry has contributed to an increase in suicides so far this year.
November 30, 2005
Simple tips to shoppers can keep thieves and rip-off artists at bay this holiday season.DOWNTOWN BURBANK -- As shoppers head to the malls and department stores this holiday season, area police have a strong piece of advice: if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. While thieves operate year-round, the holiday shopping season provides more opportunity for them to steal money, credit cards and personal information, Burbank Police Det....
September 21, 2005
Transactions will boost donations For the next two months, Lockheed Federal Credit Union will make a donation to the American Red Cross for credit card or signature-based transactions. Each time one of its 100,000 members use a Lockheed Federal Credit Union Visa or make a credit card purchase with a Visa Check Card, the credit union will make a donation, which officials estimate will be more than $40,000. The donations will be made to benefit relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast.