MEXICO’S EBOLA CRISIS

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EBOLA CRISIS IN MEXICO. Ebola news update by Mexico News Expose’ Editor Ave’ Trevino in Mexico City about ebola’s disturbing parallels with AIDS, the Swine Flu, US Marine General Kelley and the usual hysteria on both sides of the border.

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The conservatives in America never give up. If they are not blaming Obama, they are busy blaming Mexico for ebola.

Remember the Pig Flu? Medically named the Swine Flu Influenza A/H1N1/09 virus, it was at first suspected of having originated in rural Mexico. Fox News, GOP politicians and trash talk radio hosts had a field day bashing Mexico and Mexicans.

There was talk of sealing the border, stopping the importation of food from Mexico etc. etc.  Then it was discovered the flu epicenter was a pig farm in Texas.  The subsequent silence from American conservatives was deafening.

After hundreds maybe thousands of negative news stories and commentaries about illegals from Mexico bringing the virus to the US, the bashers slunk away and turned once again to their favorite target – President Obama.

Did Mexico get an apology? Nada. Reparations for the millions of dollars lost to its food and tourism industries? You have to be kidding. Compared to the US in terms of loss of life – Mexico was virtually unscathed by what eventually became a pandemic.

Now history repeats itself. It’s the same old scare story told by the same old purveyors of fear and misinformation.

Here’s a sampling of the Mexico ebola nightmares being broadcast right now:

THE PRIMARY RANT:

Ebola is coming to the US from Mexico – Close the border! Again? As in the pig flu? Remember waaay back when AIDS was THE virus. Conservatives shouted from their pulpits: “AIDS is the wrath of God” and “Put all the gays in concentration camps.” Or worse..

US Marine General John Kelly warns: West Africans are going to flee to Central America and Mexico and infect the population there. Ebola infected Illegals from Africa, Mexico and Central America will then bring it to the US.

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US Marine General John Kelly warns illegal immigrants will bring ebola into the US

The reality is if the ebola infected person isn’t caught at an international airport screening and makes it into Mexico or Central America the person has an arduous journey ahead that will exceed the limits of the ebola incubation period of 2 to 21 days which began back in Africa.

Most will be dead or nearly so before they reach the US border. And if the disease doesn’t lay waste to the victim during the journey, the final ordeal of crossing the desert on foot while suffering from the symptoms certainly will.  Send the marines home.

GOP candidate for North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis: “We need to seal the border now!” At a cost of how many billions of dollars and what about sealing the Canadian border? Many Africans have settled in Canada over the decades and have family on both the American and African continents.

Would you believe that there are conservatives in Mexico too? Some talk of building a wall to keep Texans out of Mexico due to the fact that America’s first ebola victim  Thomas Eric Duncan just died there and scores (hundreds?) of others who may have been exposed to him are being sought out and monitored.

Mexico has not had a known case of ebola as of yet, but it is taking the heat from the usual Mexico bashers despite this fact. Will American conservatives shout that a wall should be built around Texas?  C’mon Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and all the rest of you fear mongers – please tell us.

By Ave’ Trevino

Read more  articles on Mexican drug lord Beltran capture and international recognition for Mexican cuisine, about massive credit  card  theft in the USA and Mexico at Walmart, Home Depot, Mexican resorts and Angels  aka  Cabo Soft Dental Care in Los Cabos.

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Los Cabos Angels Dental Credit Card Fraud & Home Depot

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Saturday September 27, 2014 – 03:58:29 AM

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Banks reissuing cards over breach

Category: Business Published on Thursday, 25 September 2014 01:10 Extent of Home Depot theft under investigation

BY VIEGA                                                                                                                The Associated Press

Some lenders are preparing to reissue credit or debit cards to customers to head off possible losses following the breach of customer data at Home Depot USA, Canada and Mexico, Capital One Financial and JPMorgan Chase & Co. said Wednesday they are preparing to assign new cards to account holders due to the data theft at the home-improvement retailer.

Earlier this month, Home Depot confirmed that malicious software lurking in its check-out terminals between April and September affected 56 million debit and credit cards. Target, Michaels and Neiman Marcus also have been attacked by hackers in the past year.

While lenders often will issue customers a card after it’s been lost, stolen or used to make an unauthorized purchase, Capital One and JPMorgan are taking action based merely on whether accounts may be compromised. Capital One, which issues debit cards in addition to its namesake credit card, is preparing to do a proactive, “mass reissue” of credit and debit cards on accounts that it believes are at risk due to the Home Depot data breach, said spokeswoman Pam Girardo.

She declined to say how many accountholders would be receiving new cards, but added that the lender also reissues cards once it detects fraudulent activity.

JP Morgan Chase & Co. began notifying some of its customers last week to expect new cards, said Chase spokesman Edward Kozmor.

In one of the notices Chase sent to customers with a United-brand card, the bank said it would be reissuing their cards because the security breach at Home Depot “may have put their United card at risk.”  Other major card issuers are taking a different approach.

American Express has beefed up its fraud monitoring on accounts in the US and Mexico that may have been affected by the breach. If the company confirms fraudulent activity on an account, it will immediately replace the card, said Amelia Woltering, a spokeswoman at American Express. Bank of America is also monitoring accounts for fraud and, if it believes a customer’s account is at risk, it will reissue the card, said spokeswoman Betty Riess.

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Credit Card Fraud investigated at Angels Touch Dental clinic, Cabo Soft Dental Care in los cabos

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Credit card fraud rampant at San Jose del Cabo dental clinic

REFORMA NOTICIAS                                                                                           By Maria Silva

September 28, 2014

Former patients at San Jose del Cabo Angels Touch and Cabo Soft Dental Care clinic(s) have complained of unauthorized use of their credit cards upon returning home to the USA and Canada after visiting Los Cabos for dental treatments according to reports.

Angels Touch Dental Clinic and Cabo Soft Dental Care are one and the same clinic using two names in the same location according to sources. The clinic operators Dra. Rosa Elena Pena Madero and Enrique Ilitzsky have been previously accused of perjury, business fraud, defamation and identity theft in local courts.

Former patients have complained of unauthorized charges appearing on their cards after having expensive dental work at Angels Touch Dental and Cabo Soft Dental Care clinics.

Complaints have been included suspicious charges for meals, purchases of luxury goods, hotel rooms, cash withdrawals and in one case an airline ticket. It is suspected  ID’s and credit cards were stolen or swiped by someone using a card reader while the victim’s were undergoing dental treatment.

credit card fraud angels dental cabo, mexiconewsexpose.wordpress.comVisa replaces new cards to cardholders as soon as evidence of unauthorized purchases become evident. In the meantime, Chase is advising cardholders to keep their current cards and monitor their accounts for any purchases they don’t recognize. Card company security services are undergoing investigations.

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MEXICO’S OIL BONANZA

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Pemex, Mexico’s state oil giant, braces for a the country’s new energy landscape

By Adam Williams June 7

When Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto arrived at the March rally, he was greeted like a rock star. Hundreds of local residents and employees of Petróleos Mexicanos had gathered in the state of Veracruz to celebrate the 1938 expropriation of foreign oil wells and the founding of Pemex. Continue reading

CABO SOFT DENTAL CARE CLINIC Credit Card Fraud

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Tourists are some of the most frequent victims of credit card fraud. Former patients at San Jose del Cabo Angels Touch Dental and Cabo Soft Dental Care clinic have complained of unauthorized use of their credit cards after visiting these Los Cabos dental clinic.

Lessons learned from reading this article about a Los Cabos dental clinic that has been accused of scanning credit cards will better protect you wherever you travel.

Read the full article about Los Cabos dental clinics Angels Touch Dental and Cabo Soft Dental Care.

– Ave’ Trevino editor

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Credit card fraud alledged at los cabos dental clinics

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Credit Card Fraud investigated at Angels Touch Dental clinic, Cabo Soft Dental Care in los cabos

ReformaNoticias Maria Silva

September 28, 2014

Former patients at San Jose del Cabo Angels Touch and Cabo Soft Dental Care clinic(s) have complained of unauthorized use of their credit cards after visiting Los Cabos for dental treatments according to reports.

Angels Touch Dental Clinic and Cabo Soft Dental Care are one and the same clinic using two alias in the same location according to local sources. The registered name is Dra. Rosa Pena Consultoria Dentale…

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WALMARTS LOOTED DURING ODILE – Was it Aztec Karma? NY Times, WSJ Reports

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Wal-Mart In Mexico – The retail giant bribes like no others since Cortez sent wagon loads of gifts to Montezuma

How Wal-Mart Corruption destroys communities

Even the ferocious Aztec were awed by their first glimpse of Teotihuacan. By the 13th century when the Aztec swept into central Mexico, the once teeming city—which reached its zenith around a.d. 400—had been long since abandoned by its mysterious builders. Its grand ceremonial center, where tens of thousands of people had gathered amid sacred monuments of stone, lay under thick green overgrowth.

The Aztec gave the site its name and identified its most imposing features according to their own beliefs—the Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon. Assuming that some of the buildings were tombs, they called the main thoroughfare Street of the Dead.  – National Geographic

Fast forward 1,500 years.. and we find the latest incursion into Mexico – Walmart Conquistadors

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 Wal-Mart de Mexico was an aggressive and creative corrupter, offering large payoffs to get what the law otherwise prohibited, an examination by The New York Times found. Continue reading

MEXICO DRUG LORDS FALLING LIKE DOMINOS – Head of Beltran Leyva Cartel Captured

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Mexican Special Forces Nail Leader of Beltrán Leyva Drug Cartel

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Special Forces Troops Captured Héctor Beltrán Leyva in a Seafood Restaurant in San Miguel de Allende

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Oct. 1, 2014 10:16 p.m. ET

MEXICO CITY—Military special forces grabbed alleged cartel leader Héctor Beltrán Leyva during a raid at a restaurant Wednesday, Mexican federal officials said, announcing the latest in a string of high-profile drug arrests in the country.

The purported head of the Beltrán Leyva drug gang was captured in a seafood eatery in San Miguel de Allende, a city in the central state of Guanajuato that is a popular enclave for foreigners.

No shots were fired in the brief operation, which culminated an 11-month investigation, federal criminal investigations chief Tomás Zerón said at an evening news conference. Continue reading

THE BUSINESS OF KIDNAPPING IN MEXICO CITY

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Kidnappings expose Mexico City’s dark criminal underbelly

Is Mexico City the oasis from gangland crime folks say it is?

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By Manuel Mondragon
MEXICO CITY

MEXICO CITY, Mexico — Eight weeks on, Mexico City police apparently have few good leads into the daylight kidnapping of a dozen young men and women from an after-hours bar a few blocks from both the US Embassy and the metropolitan police headquarters.

The May 26 abductions, which investigators say are linked to a dispute over retail drug sales in the Mexican capital’s trendiest nightlife zone, have embarrassed the capital city’s mayor and mocked a police force that until now has been praised as one of Mexico’s most effective.

They’ve also given the lie to the widely held belief that Mexico City serves as an oasis from the seven-year wave of criminal violence that’s claimed more than 70,000 lives and left 26,000 people missing.

Most of the missing from the May incident hail from Tepito, a gritty neighborhood that’s known as the capital’s criminal heart. Two of them, ages 19 and 16, are sons of imprisoned men said to be leading Tepito crime bosses.

Relatives and friends of the victims have held repeated sit-ins and marches, demanding that the city and federal police solve the crime. They haven’t had any luck.

“People are angry,” a Tepito merchant, who spoke on condition of anonymity out of concern for his own well being, said last week. “They want revenge for these young people. If these kids turn up dead, well, man, watch out.”

The abductions seem similar to those in gangster-ridden swathes of Mexico’s north and west, in which powerful drug gangs have terminally “disappeared” enemies rather than taken them for ransom. But Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera insists that the larger organized crime syndicates aren’t operating in the capital.

“There is no cartel, nothing of the sort that exists in other states,” Mancera, who served as the city’s prosecutor before his 2012 election, told a Mexican reporter last week.

But former Mexico City police chief Manuel Mondragon y Kalb, who now commands Mexico’s federal police, told a television interviewer last week that the country’s principal gangs have “crystallized in some areas” the city.

Major crime syndicates for years have been battling for control of Mexico City’s working-class suburbs. And the country’s top drug lords have long haunted the walled compounds of the capital’s wealthiest neighborhoods.

But it’s Tepito, a 72-block barrio just north of the Mexican capital’s central plaza and national palace, that’s reigned for more than a half century as an unrivaled den of delinquency.

“We can’t deny that in Tepito there have always been serious problems,” Mondragon y Kalb said. “It seems to be the situation is getting a little out of control.”

Tepito’s vendors sell everything from smuggled electronics and pirated DVDs to baby shoes and black market weapons. Their stalls pack the streets, barely allowing space for the pedestrian shoppers who flock here.

Even as they prowl for deals outsiders often find themselves preyed upon by Tepito’s gangs. The neighborhood for decades has been famed as a great place to get either a bargain or a beating.

Police, if they venture into Tepito’s streets, do so carefully and infrequently. Local residents protect their own and punish transgressors themselves.

Six young Tepito men were shot dead in October 2010 upon returning home from a visit to a shrine devoted to San Judas Tadeo (St. Jude), the patron of lost causes that’s a favorite of Mexico’s poor. Police wrote the killings off to a drug dealers’ dispute.

Last month, gunmen slaughtered four men in a Tepito gym, killings that may or may not be related to the disappearance of the Tepito dozen. Street shootings are common and only rarely lead to arrests.

“These are things that aren’t resolved because people don’t denounce them,” the Tepito merchant told reporters last week. “The only rule in Tepito is to watch, listen and keep silent.”

The Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe, considered by many as the soul of Mexicans’ Roman Catholic faith, stands not far from the neighborhood’s northern border. But Mexico’s largest shrine to La Santa Muerte, or Holy Death, the modern incarnation of an Aztec goddess that’s become the patroness of gangsters, anchors Tepito’s opposite fringe.

Tepito’s homegrown gangsters have been tied to the Beltran Leyva crime family. That cartel’s been crippled by the 2009 killing of kingpin Arturo Beltran by Mexican marines and the arrest of Edgar “La Barbie” Valdez, its top enforcer. Recent press reports suggest that the Knights Templar, the vicious gang from western Michoacan state, has moved into Mexico City.

Investigators say the mass kidnapping is most likely tied to a brewing gang war over drug dealing in the leafy Condesa neighborhood, whose phalanx of bars and restaurants has become a magnet for middle- and upper-class youths. The abductions may be retaliation for the murder days earlier of an alleged pusher found shot in the neck and propped against a tree across the street from a Condesa nightclub.

So far police have jailed an owner of the Bar Heaven, from which the 12 were taken, and two of his employees, including a bouncer nicknamed “El Diablo,” the Devil.

In a news conference Monday, Mancera vowed the investigation was going to continue. Police say they have descriptions of 10 others involved in the abductions, but that apparently hasn’t led yet to further arrests.

“The guilty can’t be and shouldn’t be invented in this matter,” Mancera said. “There have to be solid facts.”

A brother of the jailed owner, identified as a part owner of Heaven, turned up murdered in late June along with his girlfriend and her cousin buried in a clandestine grave in a rural area south of Mexico City. The three had been snatched by armed men as they left a movie theater weeks after fleeing the capital ahead of police.

The same fate seems likely for Tepito’s disappeared dozen. But at least one expert believes they’re still alive, held hostage in exchange for a missing drug shipment or for another reason.

“It’s not about revenge because people would have already turned up dead,” lawyer Max Morales, who for decades has made a living negotiating the release of kidnap victims, told GlobalPost and other media last week. “The criminals understand that they can negotiate with the lives of these people.

“The fact that none have appeared after so much time does not in itself mean that they are not alive,” he said.

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When It Comes To Sex Scandals, Mexico Is The Most Tolerant Country

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 IF YOU HAVE TO HAVE AN AFFAIR – HAVE IT IN MEXICO..

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Mexican Food Now Officially a World-Class Cuisine

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Mexican Cuisine gets international recognition

Mexican Cuisine gets international recognition

Move over France: Mexican food now a world-class cuisine

By Tim Johnson McClatchy Newspapers November 17, 2013 MEXICO CITY

Maligned as unhealthy and misunderstood in its complexity, Mexican cuisine is finally getting its due. It’s now considered an intangible cultural heritage of humanity, elevated along with French cuisine this week at a meeting of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO.

The designation elated culinary experts, who say that diners sometimes fail to appreciate the richness of a cuisine with vast regional variation and use of aromatic herbs and plants, nothing like the cheesy nachos and brittle tacos many Americans eat at restaurants.

Mexico’s Secretariat of Foreign Affairs said on its website Wednesday that the designation provides “global recognition to our cuisine as one of the most important in the world.” An American who offers culinary tours of Mexico City, Lesley Tellez, said she hopes the recognition will change ideas about Mexican food.

“There’s a misconception that it is food covered in cheese and that it’s totally unhealthy. It’s not true,” said Tellez, adding that the U.N. designation “is an affirmation that Mexican cuisine has richness and complexity, and it deserves to be known.”

Last year, several Mexican chefs appealed to UNESCO to honor a culinary tradition based on corn, beans and chili peppers that has roots in the distant past, has maintained continuity over centuries and uses original techniques.

The Mexican government belatedly got behind the nomination. The designation was made Tuesday at a meeting of the intangible cultural heritage committee of UNESCO in Nairobi, Kenya. “Mexican cuisine is endless in variety,” Fernando del Paso, a co-author of a Spanish-language Mexican cookbook,

“La Cocina Mexicana,” told the newspaper La Jornada. “It is no exaggeration to say that, along with French and Chinese, it is one of the three major cuisines of the world.” But Mexicans themselves, guarded about their own indigenous roots, don’t always hold their national culinary tradition in high esteem.

“Like a battered wife, it is subject to our affection at home but meets with some rejection away,” said Andres Juarez, academic coordinator at the Mexican Gastronomic School in the capital. High-end restaurants serving Mexican food are limited, he added. “When we go to an elegant restaurant, we look for foreign dishes because we don’t value our own food,” Juarez said. Outside another three-story cooking school in the capital, apprentice chef Jose Zelonka Vela said foreigners have a lot to learn about Mexican cooking, too.

“They think Mexican food is just burritos and tacos, and the tacos are made of fried tortillas. This has nothing to do with a Mexican taco,” Zelonka said. Many Mexican signature dishes use a variety of aromatic herbs and are labor-intensive, requiring peeling, grinding, boiling and roasting.

One national dish, chiles en nogada, little known outside of Mexico, is prepared with a creamy nut sauce, red pomegranate seeds and green cilantro — giving it the bright colors of the national flag. “I love cochinita pibil,” said cooking student Mara Guardarrama, referring to a slow-roasted dish of suckling pig. “It’s the aroma of the orange and the adobo paste of herbs and chilies.” Ancient Mayan myth says a deity formed humans from corn, and Juarez noted that Mexico has 63 varieties of corn, hinting at the complexity of regional cooking. Many recipes date from centuries back.

“We see dishes eaten these days that are quite similar to what chroniclers from pre-Hispanic times or the colonial era mentioned in their writings,” Juarez said, noting the Franciscan friar Bernardino de Sahagun, who wrote of stews with insects, chilies, flowers, seeds and other ingredients similar to rural dishes of today.

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Los Cabos Dental Clinic Credit Card Fraud

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Credit card fraud alledged at los cabos dental clinics

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Credit card fraud rampant at San Jose del Cabo dental clinic

Credit Card Fraud investigated at Angels Touch Dental clinic, Cabo Soft Dental Care in los cabos

Reforma Noticias Maria Silva

September 28, 2014

Former patients at San Jose del Cabo Angels Touch and Cabo Soft Dental Care clinic(s) have complained of unauthorized use of their credit cards after visiting Los Cabos for dental treatments according to reports.

Angels Touch Dental Clinic and Cabo Soft Dental Care are one and the same clinic using two alias in the same location according to local sources. The registered name is Dra. Rosa Pena Consultoria Dentale. The clinic operators Dra. Rosa Elena Pena Madero and Enrique Ilitzsky have appeared in court to face related charges in recent years according to courthouse sources familiar with the investigation.

American and Canadian patients have complained of unauthorized charges appearing on their cards after returning from their Los Cabos dental vacation where they received expensive dental work by Dra. Rosa Pena at Angels Touch Dental.

Complaints have included unauthorized charges for meals, purchases of luxury goods, hotel rooms, cash withdrawals and in one case an airline ticket. It is suspected  ID’s and credit cards were stolen and others swiped by someone using a card reader while the victim was undergoing dental treatment.

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Visa replaces new cards to cardholders as soon as evidence of unauthorized purchases become evident. In the meantime, Chase is advising cardholders to keep their current cards and monitor their accounts for any purchases they don’t recognize. Card company security services are investigating.

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MEXICO BANKS HURT BY TAX REFORM – Customers nix credit cards & loans

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Slowdown of card use hurting Mexico banks

By Ben Bain

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MEXICO CITY – A new law giving Mexican tax officials explicit authority to search for scofflaws by screening credit-card data is causing some shoppers to avoid plastic, executives at two of the nation’s biggest banks said.

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Credit-card loans outstanding rose just 4.4 percent in July, the least in four years and a third the pace of a year ago,

according to Mexican regulators. The slowdown was spurred partly by a law that took effect this year stating that tax authorities can review credit-card transactions for signs of outsize spending relative to reported income, according to Jorge Benitez, a bank analyst at Corporacion GBM SAB.

Instead, more Mexicans are just using cash, said Manuel Romo, the head of consumer banking at Grupo Financiero Banorte, Mexico’s third-biggest bank by outstanding loans.

The slowdown in card use is hurting bank financial results, said GBM’s Benitez. The legal changes “created a series of messages implying that the use of credit cards or debit cards would mean more auditing,” Romo said in a telephone interview.

Banorte’s credit-card loans grew 11 percent in the 12 months through July, half the pace of the prior year, according to regulators.

The so-called fiscal law, which took effect in January, was part of a broader effort to boost government revenue by increasing taxes while also beefing up collection and enforcement.

Tax rates went up in regions bordering the U.S., and newlevies were imposed on products including soda, seen as unhealthy, and dog food, considered a luxury item.

Mexico’s tax revenue represents about 20 percent of gross domestic product, the lowest among the 34 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Rather than face the prospect of having their transactions examined, some Mexicans have shifted toward cash payments, Marcos Martinez, chief executive officer of GrupoFinanciero Santander Mexico, the country’s fourth-biggest bank by outstanding loans, said in an interview in July.

“People became afraid,” Martinez said from his office in Mexico City. Credit-card loans at Santander Mexico, a unit of Madrid-based Banco Santander SA, grew 7.1 percent in the 12 months through July, half the prior year’s clip, according to regulatory data. A Santander press official didn’t respond to a request for further comment for this story.

Credit-card loans increased 4.5 percent at Citigroup’s Mexican unit, Banamex, a quarter the prior pace, while theyshrank by 0.9 percent at Grupo Financiero BBVA Bancomer, Mexico’s biggest bank.

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