UPDATE: 11/4/10 — Capitol Hill credit card fraud wave tied to Broadway Grill
Another day of reports has pushed the number of credit card fraud cases in that past week on Capitol Hill to more than 100. On Tuesday, another 37 reports of financial fraud were filed on the Hill. We’ve included a map marking the approximate home or work location for each report. We’ve also included a map showing the more than 120 reports collected by the Seattle Police Department since the wave began growing in the last week of October.
If you have found that your account was compromised, contact your financial institution and then report the fraud to SPD at (206) 625-5011 (non emergency line). Here’s a note sent to us on Facebook with some advice for navigating the SPD phone tree:
Seattle Police are finally taking the credit/debit fraud reports from the hill seriously! If you’ve been hit, call the Police non-emergency number at 206-625-5011 press 2, then press 8 to report your case. You’ll get a “we’re experiencing a high volume of calls” recorded message, but it took me about 45 seconds of waiting after that to speak to someone. The operator I spoke to was patient and polite, unlike the stories I’ve read from folks trying to report their cases a few days ago.
We continue to gather information regarding the threat to a “point of interest” Secret Service agents say they identified and “reduced” on Friday.
In the meantime, we believe we can say with certainty that your dream of not having to pay for parking because of some sort of SDOT data breach is not going to come to fruition.
According to Rick Sheridan, spokesperson for SDOT, his department has not been contacted by the Secret Service regarding their investigation into the fraud wave. Sheridan also says that any thief looking to take advantage of the city’s parking payment technology is up against a big challenge “Our paystations utlize a sophisticated encryption system,” Sheridan said. “That ensures that patron’s credit card numbers are protected when they use the pay stations.”
You can now mark one hypothesis off your list.