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Computer Virus Responsible for Credit Card Embezzlement in Sandy Oregon, says Police

A computer virus recently was determined for being responsible for a string of credit card embezzlements in Sandy, Oregon (US), Police warned, as accords to news reported by kgw.com on August 6, 2013.

The US Secret service found the computer virus infected in computer systems of local business houses and narrowed down to Dairy Queen and Fred Meyer Gas Station.

The malware captures the information of the credit card and relays it to someone else, electronically, most probably overseas, before the stolen details are sold to grey markets and utilized till the cancellation of the card.

Sandy Police on Tuesday (August 6, 2013) were probing the operation after numerous credit card fraud complaints were filed recently. The allegations usually came from business houses based in Florida or California and the money lost varied from a minimum of $5 to a maximum of $1,200.

Kgw.com published news on 6th August 2013 quoting a Spokesman of Sandy Police Department as saying "residents of sandy area filed approximately 20 reports of credit card fraud in just 21 days or three weeks alone."

Kgw.com published news on 6th August 2013 quoting Officer Sam Craven of Sandy Police as saying that we expect there are many more fraudulent charges which people have not reported till yet.

Katu.com published news stating that one of the victims Alyssa Gurney got a call from her bank about suspicious activity on her account from North Carolina.

She is not the only victim as she said "I meet so many people getting hit and all belong to Sandy."

Katu.com published news on 7th August 2013 stating that the Manager of Dairy Queen was interviewed by media wherein he said that the restaurant was still accepting credit and debit cards, but after an hour and half, after the incident, the manager said that the workers of the restaurant were accepting only cash.

Sandy Police Department encouraged victims of fraud to call on their helpline number. Users are advised to limit or stop the use of credit or debit cards till the problem is sorted out by the affected business and local police.

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