In the last few weeks, Western Washington University students have reported suspicious charges appearing on their bills from all over the country, said senior Chris Hamre.
Hamre created “Bellingham Debit/Credit Card Fraud,” a Viking Forums and Facebook group for students and other Bellingham residents to post their stories and determine possible patterns for fraud.
“I wanted a place for Western students and Bellingham residents to be able to tell their stories about the fraud that had been charged to their account,” Hamre said.
The counterfeit transactions frequently occur at gas stations, convenience stores and other retailers, Hamre said.
The Whatcom Educational Credit Union has been experiencing a high volume of credit card theft, and are cancelling and reissuing any cards that have been affected, according to their website.
Students on the Viking Forum and Facebook group claim their accounts from other banks are being affected also.
“Once you report the loss or theft, the law says you have no additional responsibility for charges you didn’t make,” According to the Federal Trade Commission.
Western students and other Bellingham residents have fallen victim to debit and credit card fraud and are still being affected in the community.