Chris Segal reports:
When credit card bills from holiday shopping sprees arrive, consumers are encouraged to double-check charges, as local fraud claims are spiking.
Bay County sheriff’s investigators on Monday reported a string of credit card fraud claims from customers of local banking institutions. Customers with Visa cards from Innovations Federal Credit Union and Tyndall Federal Credit Union are finding fraudulent charges that started the day before Christmas, BCSO investigator Albert Willis said.
“It happens every now and again,” Willis said. “It was most likely a computer hacker that got into a server.”
Willis said the failure happened at the merchant level, which is the point where credit cards are swiped or numbers written down.
Read more in The Walton Sun.
I was pleased to see them note that the actual theft or acquisition of the data may have occurred months ago. At this time, investigators do not know the point of compromise.