Credit card data breach

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

March 30, 2012 1:11:22 PM PDT
If you allowed yourself to really think about it - chances are you'd probably not hand over your credit card to some guy you've never seen before as he disappears to process the charges.

Whether it's in a restaurant or a clothing store or a parking garage - any place where your card and the guy walk out of view.

All it takes is for someone or some group to be on the take - writing down numbers and then selling them - and wham-bam-thank-you-very-much - you're getting ripped off. And suddenly you're getting billed for flights to some far off resort you've never heard of.

The credit card rip off scenario is top of mind tonight - after the Secret Service said it was investigating what could be a huge security breach involving credit cards and parking garages in New York City. Up to 10 million credit card numbers may be involved.

There will come a time, I'm sure, when all credit card transactions will be done on the kind of swipe machines at, for example, markets - where you and your plastic never part ways. But until then, we'll have scams and scandals like the one we're covering tonight at 11.

Also at 11, Mega Millions Lottery fever is now a full-blown outbreak. In fact, I'm surprised the CDC isn't involved in this.

The jackpot is, at this writing, at $640 million, although by the time the winning numbers are drawn at 11 tonight, the total is likely to climb. The odds of winning - not exactly on your side at 1-in-176 million. But, hey, you never know. We'll have the winning numbers - drawn live only on Ch. 7 - seconds before our 11 p.m. newscast, and we'll have reaction from some of the folks hoping to dream the impossible dream.

Also at 11, we're at the premiere tonight of the controversial documentary, "Bully," which has been "handcuffed" according to the producers with an R rating because of the small amount of rough but real language. The film is about kids who are victims of bullying.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11, right after 20/20 which just happens to be a special on - drum roll please - the lottery.


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