Cybercrimes continue in Bishop area

bishop_pd3001.jpgEarlier in March, Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter announced that as many as 200 Bishop area citizens had reported that their credit or debit cards had been compromised and used in fraudulent purchases. The cases were turned over to the FBI and others. Bishop Police say they continue to get six to ten additional fraud reports a day.

According to Bishop Police Public Information Officer Katie Coffman, Chief Carter spoke with the State Department of Justice Computer Crimes Task Force about these cases. She said they were familiar with this type of crime which is widespread in many towns.

Coffman said Bishop Police continue to forward information to federal and state agencies. She also said that some credit card companies have “red-flagged” the Bishop area as a problem.

Initially, the Police Chief said that the most prominent locations of credit card number theft was at Von’s grocery and gas station, Smart & Final and Dwayne’s. Coffman said that since then Dwayne’s has made “significant changes to make its system safer.” She said Vons found nothing to indicate the crimes.

Now, Coffman said, victims mention a number of businesses where they used their cards but most mention Vons. Coffman said that the Police Department is still asking that victims of credit and debit card fraud give police information that can be compiled and forwarded to the Computer Crime Task Force.

The fact that there is a task force investigating computer crimes says it all. This is a widespread and common crime that seems to be growing and knows no favorites. Police Chief Carter and others in the Department have been victims along with scores of other local residents. The best advice? Use cash or checks if possible and examine your credit card statements closely.

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Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander
8 years ago

Banks and credit card companies offer several email and text alerts to monitor your accounts for fraud. For example, my bank offers email alerts for available balance, debit card/ATM deductions over $100.00 (minimum $100), debit card charges made online or by phone or by mail, debit card transactions outside the… Read more »

Roy
Roy
8 years ago

I had the same warning today when I went to the Inyo Register…

Nancy
Nancy
8 years ago

Stay away from the Inyo Register and Mammoth Times websites. Used them yesterday and they were fine. This morning Norton and Mozilla blocked intrusion attempts. Apparently the cybercriminals have now attacked the news sites.

Cindy
Cindy
8 years ago

Mine got hit this weekend, last time I usedthe card was Vons last Wed.

Observer
Observer
8 years ago
Reply to  Cindy

They may have gotten your card info a month or two ago from some other local store transaction. It takes time to sell the card info, print new cards and try to use them.