And the problem appears larger than merely 15 compromised card numbers and victims using the same bank, as several victims say they deal with various banks.
Several people, such as Marathon Boat Yard co-owner
"It's just pervasive," she said. "The last time we got hit, Bruce's card was hit seven minutes after mine."
The majority of Popham's fraudulent charges, which amounted to roughly
"I've never carried cash. Now I'm using cash and I actually got a brand new credit card to use for my day-to-day charges. That's the only card I use," Popham said.
Real estate agent
"The amount of fraud I've heard about in this town is a joke. You can talk to almost anybody in this town and it happened to them," he said.
Mothner said he tried to pin down the charges and compare them with other victims, but it's difficult.
"I'm a lot more careful about the account I use. I have to buy a car, so I'm figuring out how to move money around and I'm probably just going to start writing checks again," he said.
"That hasn't been shown as of yet, so we can't say it's all happening at one location," he said.
Four of them, according to DeNeale, were for a guard-dog service totaling
"There were three charges in three consecutive days in early April. All three were
"My specific ones were all out of
"If the card gets close enough to it, it'll read the number off the back. A lot of time you see them used in convenience stores. Those types of places are very prone," he said.
"Then they have your number and a lot of people in
If you think your cards have been compromised, call the
What to do if you find fraudulent charges on your debit or credit cards
-- Ask one of the three credit reporting companies to put a fraud alert on your credit report. According to the site, one company must tell the other two of the alert. It can make it more difficult for an identity thief to open more accounts in your name. The alert lasts 90 days and can be renewed.
-- After placing a fraud alert, order copies of your credit report from each of the
reporting companies. The reports can be used to find unauthorized charges or accounts. The site recommends requesting that only the last four digits of your
If you find fraudulent charges, contact your bank and follow up in writing.
-- If necessary, created an identity-theft report to help deal with credit reporting companies, debt collectors and businesses that gave the identity thief credit or opened new accounts in your name.
The site says the report can be used to remove fraudulent information from a credit report and stop companies from collecting debt or from selling the debt to another company.
www.idtheft.gov features step-by-step directions to complete an identity theft report.
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