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Police: Computer virus at Dairy Queen led to credit card fraud

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SANDY, OR (KPTV) -

Sandy police have received 20 reports of fraudulent credit card charges in just the last three weeks.

Now, working with the U.S. Secret Service, local investigators have pinpointed the source as malware or a virus that infected a restaurant's computer system.

The fraudulent purchases, also appearing on debit card statements, range from $5 to $1,200. Victims are seeing the charges occurring at businesses in California and Florida.

The malware captures credit card information and sends it electronically to someone else, likely offshore, according to Sandy police. That information is then sold on the black market, where it is used until the suspicious transactions are noticed and the account is closed.

Sandy police said they narrowed down the source to the Dairy Queen in town. Officers, however, said they also have concerns about the Fred Meyer gas station.

Police said Wednesday the corporate headquarters for both companies have been notified about the situation.

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