Campaign Fund Used To Test Stolen Credit Cards
(CBS 11 News) CROWLEY Officials say thieves used a presidential campaign to rip people off.
Christine Horton of Crowley said her account was charged several times to support Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.
"I had never even heard of him," she said. "I was like, 'Oh my God! Someone is stealing from me."
Monday the Paul campaign made history. They raised more than $4 million online in 24 hours from more than 36,000 contributors.
Frost Bank investigators discovered overseas thieves used Paul's Web site to test stolen cards with $5 contributions.
"The Ron Paul campaign has noticed that dozens, perhaps hundreds of these charges have occurred," said Jesse Benton, a finance coordinator for Congressman Paul's campaign. "We are in the process of refunding that money."
Five hundred credit card numbers were stolen from Frost Bank, but fraud management teams spotted the unauthorized charges and notified customers immediately.
The bank refunded money from nearly 100 customers and canceled all 500 credit cards. Paul's campaign refunded $3,000 in stolen funds.
"He's getting money, stolen money," said Horton. "Whether he's affiliated with it or not, I have no clue. But it's too fishy."