On Sept. 12, the Ouray Police Department received a number of reports from local residents concerning unauthorized charges to personal debit and credit cards. If anyone has used a debit or credit card within the City of Ouray over the last few months, he or she may want to contact the credit provider/bank to verify any charges or debits from accounts.
In addition to monitoring accounts, police are asking that if you do use a card, obtain receipts for transactions and don’t let any debit or credit cards out of your sight. If a card has been used without authorization, be sure file a report with the Ouray Police Department.
One Ouray County resident reported to The Watch in an email that she recently had to file a second police report on fraudulent charges. Both her personal and business accounts had been hit. Upon reporting the charges, she said police told her that thieves had been using a scanner to read credit card information through purses, wallets and even reading information from gas pumps as well. Most of her unauthorized charges, in the $75 to $120 price range, originated in Florida.
How widespread the credit card hacking is across the region remains uncertain. The San Miguel Sheriff’s office hasn’t seen an increase in reports of fraud recently; the Ridgway Marshal’s Office and the Ouray County Sheriff’s Office have failed to return repeated phone calls.