It seems like it would be fairly easy for someone who worked in retail to copy credit card numbers down, go home, and starting buying things online and shipping them to friends who are always on the move.
Eventually either the credit card company or rightful card owner will notice an in appropriate charge, but by then the transaction may have already happened and the person receiving the merchandise is long gone.
I believe the legitimate card owner is protected from any fraudulent charges over $50.
So that leaves me with two questions:
Why does the innocent party have to pay the first $50? What is that suppose to discourage?
How often do they catch these guys and send them to jail? I doubt our local sheriff is running around looking for someone who fraudulently charged $25 on a stolen credit card.