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Scammers are 'skimming' to steal personal data

The next time you use the self-checkout lane at a store, be sure to take a second look at the machine you use to swipe your credit or debit card. Scammers are installing “skimmers” – devices that collect the data from credit, debit or ATM cards on the machines, according to the Better Business Bureau.

How the scam works

When you use the self-checkout lane, you ring up your purchases and swipe your credit or debit card to pay the bill. You may not notice anything strange about the card processor, but scammers have attached a skimmer to some registers. These devices “skim” your card’s information off the magnetic strip.


BBB warns businesses to watch out for directory scams

Better Business Bureau is warning businesses about a common scam that is on the rise.

BBB has seen an uptick in directory scams – or “Yellow Pages” scams – aimed at small businesses. Reports to BBB Scam Tracker have increased dramatically in recent weeks, and BBB cautions business owners and employees not to fall for the trick.

Realtors trek to Sacramento for Legislative Day


Courtesy of Silicon Valley Association of Realtors
Approximately 50 members of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors traveled to Sacramento to speak with their state legislators about real estate-related issues.

Silicon Valley realtors joined more than 2,000 statewide realtors April 27 in Sacramento for the annual California Association of Realtors Legislative Day – when realtors meet with legislators to discuss issues affecting their clients and industry.

Gov. Jerry Brown announced during the morning briefing that the state’s economy is currently performing well, thanks to the business sector.

First Friday promotes downtown


Town Crier File Photo
Musicians and dancers partake of First Friday festivities at a previous event.

Carol Garsten and Jamie Lucia are full of enthusiasm as they discuss ideas for improving and promoting the monthly First Friday gatherings in downtown Los Altos.

This month’s event, scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday, will feature a variety of merchant promotions, live entertainment from six local bands, complimentary refreshments and a scavenger hunt.

Business Brief

City hosts discussion with local merchants

Los Altos Economic Development Manager Jennifer Quinn has scheduled a Business Coffee Chat with merchants 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesday at Curves, 2069 Grant Road, Los Altos.

Quinn will present a summary of current economic development activity, and she invites business owners to share their obstacles and requests for city support.

Hidden Villa yield available in shares


Couresty of Hidden Villa
Weekly produce shares from Hidden Villa spotlight the season’s offerings.

Local residents can sign up to receive weekly boxes of seasonal fruits and vegetables from mid-May through Thanksgiving via Hidden Villa’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program.

Participants pick up their produce at the Los Altos Hills farm or one of its drop-off locations in Los Altos or Palo Alto.

SILVAR recertified as Green Business

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors met stricter standards for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste, enabling the California Bay Area Green Business Program this month to recertified SILVAR as a Bay Area Green Business.

SILVAR promotes the ethical standards of real estate practice, serves as an advocate for homeownership and homeowners, and represents the interests of property owners in Silicon Valley.


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