Waynesville police are working to identify a woman they say used stolen credit card information that may have been taken during a large computer hack.
In December, authorities in Pickens County and western North Carolina were investigating claims that dozens of people reported their credit card information was compromised at local fast food restaurants.
Law enforcement officials said hackers somehow got into computer systems at some local Bojangles restaurants, stole card information and were creating duplicate fake cards to sell on the black market.
And now Waynesville police said they have another victim who has lost thousands of dollars after his credit card information was stolen and used in Decatur, GA, by an unknown woman.
Lt. Chris Chandler with the Waynesville Police Department said the victim's information was stolen in late November. He said they believe the victim's information was stolen as part of a major computer hack, though he had not used the card at any Bojangles restaurants.
Chandler said the theft happened around the same time as the Bojangles thefts.
"I think if we can identify who this woman is, that would be a big help to us and we can figure out how she actually got the information," said Chandler.
An unidentified woman is considered a person of interest in the case and was seen using the victim's info at the Bank of America Decatur Banking Center, Chandler said. Police have released surveillance photos of the woman and have been working since November to identify her but have yet to get determine who she is.
Chandler said the woman used two different Waynesville victims' information on two consecutive days in Decatur. He said investigators have noticed a lot of fraudulent activity in the greater Atlanta area and in other cities across the country.
Police are trying to identify the woman and ask anyone who can identify her to message them on Facebook here or call 828-456-5363.
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