Pullman Police and Secret Service investigating bank fraud


by KREM.com & Othello Richards


Posted on October 5, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 3:57 PM

PULLMAN, Wash.-- Pullman Police and the Secret Service are investigating a growing number of bank fraud cases in the area.
In the last two weeks more than 160 people have come forward to report fraudulent charges on their credit and debit cards.

KREM 2’s Othello Richards stood at the Pullman Police station for 45 minutes and says in that time at least six people came forward to report they had been victimized.

Mary Carloye says she recently got a call from MasterCard to discuss questionable charges on her credit card. She had more than 100 dollars charged at several restaurants in South Africa. Carloye says she has never been to South Africa.

Pullman Police Commander Chris Tennant says the department has averaged between 30 and 35 reported cases of credit card fraud the past few days.

Tennant says fraudulent charges have appeared on statements from people elsewhere in Whitman County and Latah County in North Idaho.

A mystery for all, including police and the Secret Service investigating how the thieves got hold of so many credit and debit card numbers.

Police ask all victims to make a report. They are looking for a common thread. So far the fraudulent charges have come from many different bank cards.
Victims are working with their banks to get the bad charges removed.