(update) Credit card fraud reports still growing

The Stillwater case keeps growing….. and in this installment, it seems that it’s less clear how the breach occurred than previously thought. Peter Cox reports:

Police have taken nearly 200 reports from people affected by credit card numbers apparently stolen from the Mad Capper Bar and Restaurant in downtown Stillwater.

Investigator Kyle Sykes, who is heading the case, said the stolen cards have been used all over the country, from the east to west coast, and internationally, including several purchases made in Russia.

Some victims have had thousands of dollars in charges racked up on their cards, he said. The total figure of losses from the fraud hasn’t been calculated yet.

“It’s going to be a large number,” he said.

How the information was stolen isn’t clear, Sykes said. But according to most reports, so far, the stolen card numbers appear to have all been taken in March.

Mad Capper owner Jeff Chilson originally thought his computer system’s network had been temporarily unsecured during that time, but said his IT company checked it out and found that it had been working correctly.

“We are still at a loss as to how that happened,” Chilson said.

Read more in the Stillwater Gazette.

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