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Brown's Grocery Store target of hacking
Okaloosa County - Earlier this month the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office was asking people to check their bank statements to see if you might be a victim of credit card fraud.
They say the first week in may they started receiving complaints. The common denominator was Brown's Grocery in Holt.
The owner told Channel Three, they were working with the sheriff's office and updated their credit card system. But, some residents say the fraud is still happening
"More people have filed police reports against Browns Grocery claiming credit card fraud. Now, one local man is warning people not to use their debit or credit cards inside the store," said Patrick Broxson.
Patrick Broxson says he shops at Brown's Grocery every day. It's the only place to shop in the rural town. But, he's rethinking his decision to support the local store.
"They've got the monopoly. It's the only store in our community and they have a deli so I'm in there several times a day, but since all of this debit card fraud has picked up I don't use my debit card there," said Broxson.
Thursday morning he received a phone call from his bank flagging transactions made in Central Florida. Both, at gas stations for $100 a piece. And he says he knows of at least 25 more people who are also victims like him.
"Some people's whole bank accounts are getting wiped out and then it takes you sometimes up to a month to get your money back from the bank," said Broxson.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office says the owner of Brown's Grocery is working with investigators. It's still an open investigation, so many details cannot be released. We spoke to the owner of the store earlier this month and he told Channel Three. After, hearing about the fraud cases their credit card system was updated at the store.
"Every day it's an issue. Every day it's going on and on more people are coming in saying they've been hit. I mean everyday, so I don't believe it's being fixed," said Broxson.
If you think you've been a victim you should contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.