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CU temporarily blocks 2000 cards to prevent fraud
VENTURA, Calif. (12/19/11)--Ventura (Calif.) County CU, Ventura, Calif., temporarily blocked 2,000 of its members' 50,000 credit and debit cards late Wednesday and early Thursday as a fraud prevention measure.

The block was placed after Visa alerted Ventrua County CU about fraudulent activities early Wednesday evening (Ventura County Star Dec. 16).

The block was removed by noon Thursday.

The fraudulent activity involved debit cards, according to Tina Estes, director of marketing for the credit union, told the Ventura County Star.

About 15 people--an unusually high amount--were lined up when the credit union's Ventura branch opened at 9 a.m. Thursday.

The credit union typically calls members or sends letters when fraudulent activities are suspected, but it wanted to be proactive in protecting members and was unable to provide notification Wednesday evening, Estes said.
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