Banks are helping fuel a dangerous debt binge by offering credit cards to families with little or no income.Providers have dramatically relaxed their lending criteria, a Daily Mail investigation shows.DENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM -- Credit card data may have been stolen from hundreds of hotels across the United States, including at 42 properties in Michigan, according to a notice issued by the Inter Continental Hotel Group. According to the statement from IHG, an investigation into potential data theft showed patterns of unauthorized charges were popping up after people stayed at the hotels.
Lloyds, Halifax, Sainsbury’s, Yorkshire Bank and M&S have no minimum income requirement."The investigation identified signs of the operation of malware designed to access payment card data from cards used onsite at front desks at certain IHG-branded franchise hotel locations between September 29, 2016 and December 29, 2016," the notice read."Although there is no evidence of unauthorized access to payment card data after December 29, 2016, confirmation that the malware was eradicated did not occur until the properties were investigated in February and March 2017." The malware then was able to track data for customers connected to the cards used at the hotels.At 11 o’clock on a Tuesday night, Amanda, a senior at Princeton University, got her first text message from Stephen, a 60-something Wall Street banker. Immediately.“I told him it was too late—the trains just stopped running,” Amanda said.“He said he’d send a limo.”Amanda agreed, on the condition that she’d be back on campus for her 10 o’clock class the next morning.