Authorities Investigating Credit Card Information Thefts
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Secret Service in Pittsburgh confirmed that an investigation into someone stealing credit and debit card information to go on shopping binges is underway.
The owners of the Jumper’s Junction restaurant in North Franklin Township, Washington County first became aware of the problem several weeks ago.
“We started noticing a trend with several of our friends that are patrons and even our own credit cards being compromised,” Carolyn Miller said.
Miller contacted Visa, Master Card and other credit card companies along with the Secret Service. She and her husband were stunned to learn that their computers had been compromised.
They have since updated their software and have encrypted it.
“There was some sort of virus or Trojan Horse on the system that was copying credit card numbers,” attorney Jeff Ries said.
“We thoroughly investigated all of our employees and we have great employees who care deeply about the patrons that are here and their credit cards were also compromised,” Miller said.
The hacker has not been identified and could be around the corner or halfway around the world.
Authorities are aware of at least $8,000 in illegal purchases made after confidential info was obtained locally.
Some of the purchases were made in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
The Secret Service is warning people to safeguard your credit and debit card information and to double check your statements.