At least two major area credit unions have confirmed an uptick in reports of fraudulent credit and debit card purchases over the weekend.
Christopher Bradberry, CEO at Longview-based Fibre Credit Union, said the company heard reports of card fraud up and down the West Coast, but he said it “wasn’t an explosion” of activity. He said it’s likely stemming from a data breach or card skimmer.
He said customers should check their accounts online and call Fibre if they believe their cards have been compromised. Long lines clogged the Fibre main branch Monday afternoon, but it was not immediately clear if it was related to the fraud outbreak.
Amy Davis, a spokesperson for Longview-based Red Canoe, said the company is working with the Kelso Police Department on an investigation, but she doesn’t believe there will be a “mass effect.” She said the investigation seems to be pointing to an ATM skimmer as the cause, adding that all of Red Canoe’s ATMs have been searched and found free of skimmer devices.
Ashley Eubanks, dispatch supervisor at the Longview Police Department, said there were an abnormal number of calls about the fraud breach Monday. The Longview and Kelso Police Departments and the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office are conducting an investigation.
Further details were unavailable.