We have recently received inquiries about debit and credit card theft and/or fraud. The fact is that credit card and debit card fraud is a daily occurrence all over the United States and the world. Credit card and debit card numbers are hacked via cyberspace constantly, and it is an international problem.
The best advice we can give is for you to regularly check the charges to your cards online. Generally, hackers will "test run" a card with a $1 or $2 charge. If it goes through, this will be followed up with more expensive charges. Banks are doing their best with security measures. Contact your bank immediately if you see any suspicious or unwanted charges on your account. Notify your credit card company before you go on vacation, and make them aware of where you will be and for how long.
There is little we can do locally in law enforcement about the problem unless your card is physically stolen from you. But in most fraud cases, this is not the case. The hackers get your card information from other sources and online systems.
You will generally not be held accountable by your bank for fraud unless you did something to cause it.
"Protecting and Serving the citizens of St. Charles Parish."
Sheriff Greg Champagne
P.O. Box 426
Hahnville, LA 70057