Park Slope Credit Card Fraud Report Update
I've been following these posts. My Amex (not Citi issued) narrowed it down to 5 places in the area, but I don't want to name names in writing. One is a restaurant, 2 are grocery stores, one a drugstore and one a liquor place. I think we could all probably get to the bottom of this fairly easily.A follow up email from the same person noted that "Someone just contacted me offline, and we had three local 7th Avenue places/sources in common: a drugstore, a restaurant and a grocery store." Meanwhile, here is a typical follow-up email with information about yet another fraud:
I wanted to share that similar charges for $75 were made at Jacksonville Florida gas stations. If anyone else in the neighborhood also experienced the same, please post! I was surprised that my bank didn't block the charges sooner (don't they have algorithms to see that I never purchase gas, I don't live in Florida and that charges at gas stations should not amount to $1000 a day!).And so, today's mystery is whether the fraud is originating in Park Slope or with a credit card company. Are the more than two dozen reports of very similar kinds of fraud a coincidence, indicative of the widespread nature of such problems or is the problem with a local business?
The credit card issuers involved should be able to triangulate and find the source, if it is a business in Park Slope. In all likelihood, even more stories will surface in coming days.
UPDATE: Park Slope Parents says that it is rejecting posts that mention the names of merchants that have come up in common in emails. "As has been pointed out these thefts may or may not involve the merchants and we we feel it would be irresponsible for us to allow public speculation that might damage the reputations of perfectly innocent members of our community." They say they have been in touch with the 78th Precinct and will be meeting with an officer that handles credit card fraud complaints tomorrow. "In the meantime we will continue to reject posts that go into the specifics of local merchants," they say. There is certainly a possibility that the fraud is occurring at a store outside of Park Slope or within the credit card processing operations themselves.
Credit Card Fraud Outbreak in Park Slope?
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