Dozens fall victim to credit card fraud at popular golf club

YUMA FOOTHILLS, Ariz. – Dozens of people say their credit card information was stolen after visiting a popular area golf club. Mesa del sol golf course is scrambling to find out where the breach originated. Yuma County Sheriff’s Office reports more than 40 victims have come forward, and that number is expected to grow.

Jim Mitchell is a frequent visitor at the golf club and says his information was used at a local gas station. Mitchell explained many of his friends have fallen victim as well.

Another golfer said, “Two different credit cards were compromised within a couple of weeks of each other.”

Several other victims told Reporter Holly Sweet their information was stolen.

“I looked at my statement, and there was a charge from South Carolina,” Leonard Berube said.

YCSO believes the breach may have happened as far back as last December. Parent company Eagle Golf gained ownership of Mesa Del Sol Golf Club in January. Company reps say they already planned to replace the former owner’s computer system before the breach happened and did so roughly a week ago.

“We have installed a new system that is up to our standards,” Eagle Golf General Council Scott Siddons said.  “The former system was not as cyber secure.”

YCSO officials say they’re looking into whether or not an employee committed the scam. Eagle golf’s it team believes it to be an outside job.

YCSO officials report purchases were made both nationally and internationally using the stolen information.

All the victims we spoke with canceled the compromised cards, and their credit card companies have voided the fraudulent transactions.

Please contact the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office if you believe to have been a victim of the recent credit card scam at 928-782-9871.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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