BEND, Ore. (AP) — Central Oregon detectives say a flood of fraudulent credit and debit card charges continues to plague area residents. In the past week, more than 200 people have reported being victims.
Deschutes County sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Dizney said Thursday his office is still taking several cases each day. Bend police detectives are contacting other agencies around Oregon but tell KTVZ the activity seems to be focused on central Oregon card holders.
Detectives have reached out to the FBI for help.
Dizney says most of the charges are routine — and small enough to go unnoticed until a bank or credit card company calls the victim.
Oregon Justice Department spokesman Tony Green says credit card numbers are increasingly available in emails and online, providing new ways for thieves to steal them.
Information from: KTVZ-TV, http://www.ktvz.com/