However, even as the number of victims in the territory continues to grow, the
At least one point-of-service vendor -- ePaymentAmerica -- is warning its business clients about the fraud and providing a little information about the scam.
The company's owner,
Belcher said that the company explained the scam likely is being perpetrated via the Internet connection over which the transaction processing is being completed.
In his own stores, Belcher said his processing is done across a telephone line, and he feels more assured -- based on the statement of his credit card processor -- that business conducted in his own shops will not be susceptible to these crimes.
Still, Belcher has been personally victimized by the scam and is one of dozens, and possibly hundreds, of people living in or visiting the territory whose credit cards have been hacked.
"The only reason I was really looking was because I'd heard from other people," Belcher said, adding that his card was charged at a Macy's in
"To date, we have no people that have been identified," said
The charges are all over the world, which is making the agencies' ability to track the crimes difficult. At this point, the victims are all over the place as well.
"People don't always think of credit card fraud as robbery, but it is," Curreri said.
The police continue to ask victims to file reports at one of the stations, Hannah said. The reports cannot be filed elsewhere because the victims call when the crime is not in progress, but after it has happened, he said.
Victims who are not residents of the territory can file a report at their local police stations and have the report faxed to the
Curreri, who said she and many of her friends and family have dealt solely with their respective banks, said that one of her friends was able to track the false charge to a store in
Someone at the store then was able to send her a picture of a woman who supposedly used Curreri's friend's card information.
"My friend has a color, clear picture of her," Curreri said.
It is unclear how many victims exist at this point, as most people -- like Curreri -- seem to be dealing exclusively with their banks, rather than authorities, which makes quantifying the hits difficult.
"We were at dinner the other night, and there was not a single person at the table that hadn't had their card compromised," Curreri said.
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