In the last month, a growing number of people have discovered fraudulent charges made to one or more of their credit and debit cards.
Many of the victims said they noticed that the charges followed a visit to Red Hook on
"We have received complaints about it regarding what's going on with the credit cards," said
Quinones could not quantify how many complaints the federal agency has received, nor whether the complaints yet indicate any patterns in the incidents.
"Credit card fraud cases can be committed in various ways, but I don't want to speculate," he said.
Scanners that read card information are one way, and breaching credit card processing company systems are another, according to Quinones.
Local businesses, most of which did not want to publicly be identified, have been insisting that the crimes are not being committed by their staffs, which they said also are getting hit by the scam.
Many of the victims are reporting the cases after having made charges in the Red Hook area, though other cases have popped up across the territory.
Thompson said his cards were charged in amounts of
For many of the captains, who have a card specifically used for sizeable charges related to their job, such as purchasing fuel for the vessel, they cannot afford such costs on their own cards, Thompson said.
"We have cash on board, but not a lot," said Thompson. "People are just sitting on their credit cards."
Quinones said that the
Assistant U.S. Attorney
"We've reached out to a number of people that have posted their experiences on social media," Hannah said. "We need to know those locations that they were at, when they were here, or if they live here." Once enough information has been gathered, Hannah said the police department will present the information to the
Until the fraud is curtailed, Hannah said residents should use their credit cards carefully.
"If you have the
Still, no one seems to know how the hackers are nabbing the numbers.
As of a week ago, police had received only one report of credit card fraud on
However, in the
To report credit card fraud, call the
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