It's likely that you or someone you know has experienced credit card fraud.  Either you saw a few unfamiliar transactions on your credit card statement or you received a call from your credit union alerting you to a suspicious transaction on your account.

There are some steps that you can take to mitigate credit card fraud.  First of all, check your statements often.  Another thing you can do is confirm online security options before purchasing.

You can also check for skimming devices.  Skimming devices are card readers that store a card's information for later fraudulent use.  The devices can replace ordinary card readers or be within card readers at ATMs or gas station pumps.

These tips will certainly help you become more aware.  Here's the latest information from the Lansing State Journal.