David H. Watson, a spokesperson for the Secret Service in Portland, Maine, has been busy lately.
"We're constantly working credit card fraud cases," he told the Bangor Daily News.
Over the past two weeks, Watson explained that there has been an uptick of credit card fraud cases in the eastern part of the state, suggesting that there was a data breach at a nearby store.
Fraudulent charges were first identified by two banks in the area, The First and the Bangor Savings Bank.
While neither the banks or Watson were able to disclose details of the case, as the investigation is still in its early stages, The First confirmed through a statement on their website that the incidents seem centered in out of their Damariscotta and Calais branches. Bangor Savings Bank marketing and community relations director Carol Colson, told the Bangor Daily News that the Calais area was also being reviewed by her bank.
"Fraudulent debit card transactions have escalated in recent weeks," she said. "We are monitoring this closely."
Neither bank would confirm how many customers have been affected, but they are currently in the process of reaching out to those with fraudulent activity on their accounts.
Another town in Eastern Maine, Bowdoinham, has also seen a surge in credit card fraud recently. That county's sheriff, Joel Merry, claimed that his department was currently investigating 80 cases.
It is unclear if the incidents in the three communities are connected, but it's safe to say that this is not a localized issue.
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