Credit card fraud reported at Robins

Authorities are responding to reports of widespread credit card fraud affecting employees of Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins police public information officer Tabitha Pugh confirmed Tuesday.

“We’ve only had 30 reports since Friday,” Pugh said Tuesday afternoon. Earlier Tuesday, Pugh said Warner Robins police had received 20 reports of credit card compromises.

Pugh added that authorities suspect that transactions are being administered from out of state.

“We’ve had reports of charges from New Jersey, California and as far away as Australia and Canada,” Pugh said.

The purchases range from “a couple of dollars to a couple of hundred dollars,” Pugh said.

Police do not appear to have found the source of the compromises. Accounts that have been compromised include customers of Robins Federal Credit Union on base, MidSouth Federal Credit Union in Warner Robins, and BB&T Bank in Warner Robins, Pugh said.

John Birdsong, spokesman for the base, said that incidents are under investigation and that security managers on the base have sent out e-mails to base employees urging them to check their bank accounts. He would not comment further on the case.

“We notified some members at the end of last week that their cards could have been compromised, and we issued new cards,” said Traci Jolley, marketing manager for Robins Federal Credit Union. She would not say how many people had notified Robins Federal Credit Union that their cards were compromised.