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Utahns face fraudulent charges in wake of data breach involving county fair events

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Posted at 6:15 PM, Aug 28, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-29 11:07:46-04

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah -- Hundreds of residents in Summit County are monitoring their bank statements for unauthorized transactions; on Thursday, the county announced a data security breach tied to tickets purchased to the Summit County Fair.

"It's unfortunate, very unfortunate," said Annette Singleton.

She was shocked when she saw her debit card had a $180 charge for a language test in New Jersey.

"I never thought this would happen to me by purchasing fair and derby tickets," Singleton said.

But that's exactly what happened. Not only to Annette, but also to hundreds of others who purchased tickets online to the Summit County Fair.

"It was brought to our attention by the sheriff’s office that there may have been a breach to our third party vendor contracting system, the tickets were the demolition derby and the rodeo only," said Julie Booth, Summit County's Public and Community Affairs Coordinator.

Some saw fraudulent charges in the thousands for things like airline tickets. Others had purchases made outside the country.

"It's a little bit of an inconvenience, but I am one of the lucky ones,” Singleton said. “My card was only charged $180, where others were charged a lot more.”

Summit County officials said they've sent out a letter to all those who purchased tickets for the demolition derby or rodeo, warning them to check their accounts. Other counties across the state use the same third party vendor. Summit County encourages everyone to monitor their bank statements.
The investigation into who is responsible and how they did it is still ongoing