Sheriff's department in Colorado investigating credit card fraud

Sheriff's department in Colorado investigating credit card fraud

The Teller County Sheriff's Office in Colorado recently announced it is investigating several credit card fraud cases that have targeted at least 100 people since September 22, according to a recent KKTV news report.

The stolen credit card information has been used in stores across the East coast and in the South. Sheriff Mike Esnminger told the news provider that his information, along with three deputies, had their credit information stolen as a result of the events.

"I wasn't overly surprised because I knew what was going on Esnminger told KKTV. "But you know, we live in hard economic times. And as a result of that - you know - these types of crimes are happening."

The department is currently working to determine how the criminals were able to obtain the credit card information.

To protect sensitive credit card information, merchants are encouraged to follow PCI compliance guidelines.

Jen Mack, Verizon Wireless director of PCI consulting services, recently said the company's latest report regarding PCI compliance does not offer a positive outlook. According to a recent Bank Info Security report, Mack encourages companies to increase their efforts regarding PCI compliance to avoid such information breaches.