The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) began receiving the reports on January 18th. So far, over 400 cases have been reported. Investigation has determined that the victims had all used their credit or debit cards at either Bashas’, AJ’s Fine Foods and or Food City locations to make purchases.
The fraudulent charges to victims accounts are occurring in Arizona, Texas, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, North Carolina, Italy, France, Canada and Mexico. PCSO has been working with Federal, State, and City law enforcement agencies on this case as it has become International. The FBI has taken the lead in the investigation.
PCSO reports that Bashas’ has been fully cooperative with investigators. The store became the victim of a cyber attack which began in June or July of 2012 and was done by suspects who were able to gain access to parts of their security system used to capture payment information from customers. The highly-sophisticated piece of malware software has been identified and contained. Bashas will be posting information related to this security breach at all of their stores to notify customers.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu stated,
All Pinal County citizens who have reported the frauds have had their bank accounts reimbursed. Numerous investigators from various law enforcement agencies are working around the clock to find those responsible and put them behind bars. We need your help to identify the three individuals in the photo provided as they are considered investigative leads. We strongly encourage everyone to closely monitor their debit and credit card accounts and report anything suspicious.Authorities are looking to question the men in the above picture in regards to the case. Anyone with information, or who needs to report fraudulent activity on their credit and debit accounts, can call the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency phone number at 1-800-420-8689 or (520) 866-5111.