Patrons at a restaurant in Tallahassee, Fla., both local and those passing through, have become victims of credit card fraud.
The computer system at Julie’s Place, a familiar dining spot for many years in Tallahassee, was hacked from outside the system and credit card information from restaurant patrons was re-routed to an unknown person over the Internet. The information was being used around the country to purchase goods.
Restaurant management is working with security software personnel to find the breach and stop it, and new security software has been installed to prevent this type of breach from re-occurring.
Local banks have issued new credit cards to customers who may have been compromised, The theft has resulted in the loss of more than $200,000.
More than 100 new cases of credit card fraud have been reported in the Tallahassee area within the past month.
Restaurant owners can combat data breaches by using a point of sale vendor with PCI-compliant hardware and software. Security should be maintained by limiting wireless access to the office computer in the restaurant, and up-to-date anti-virus and spyware software should be installed. All staff who have access to the computers should be familiar with the latest security updates.
The investigation is ongoing.
While preventing this type of breach isn’t something the average Joe can do, you can protect your personal information by regularly checking your credit card statements. Look for charges that are bogus, and contact your credit card issuer immediately to notify the issuer of the fraudulent charges. Close the credit card and ask for a new one to be issued. You should also report any fraudulent charges to the police and obtain a copy of the police report for your records.
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