BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Many Bridgewater-Raritan High School students and parents have reported on Facebook that they are noticing fraudulent charges on their credit cards following purchases of a uniform or clothing from Universal Lacrosse/ALLU Sportswear.
According to the report from a Bridgewater family, someone ordered a recreation soccer uniform and got hit with fraudulent activity over the summer. More fraudulent activity has been reported by families on Facebook over the past weekend.
Universal Lacrosse has released a statement regarding the charges, and said they are in the process of investigating all reports, though they have not yet confirmed any breach of their systems.
"It was brought to our attention Saturday afternoon Bridgewater students experienced a credit card fraud incident," the statement read. "The senior class student body liaison has officially filed a report with us on behalf of this group. These students have suspected their 'zoo crew' group purchase was the common factor to be followed by 3rd part fraudulent charges."
According to the statement, the company is working with a security fraud prevention team to isolate and identify any threats, but have not been able to confirm any system breaches at this time. In addition, according to the statement, the company does not store credit card numbers because they are processed through an encrypted gateway by Authorize.net (a subsidiary of Visa).
As of Sunday, the statement said, the incidents reported have been isolated to this Bridgewater group, and they have conducted secure business through other towns and organizations during the same time period.
"As you know, online credit card fraud is a constant threat, and we implore everyone to constantly monitor their personal accounts," the statement read. "We take this event seriously, and we are working around the clock to identify the origin of this issue with the proper authorities."
"Universal Lacrosse, its owners, employees and customers are members of the Bridgewater community, and we are doing everything possible to quickly address and resolve this issue," the statement continued. "We will continue to provide you and your student body leaders with updates on this situation as new information becomes available."
Officer Michael Maxwell, of the Bridgewater Township Police Department, said there was only one report of fraudulent use of a credit card from the weekend, but he declined to say if it was related to this issue.
But, Maxwell said, anyone who suspects their credit card was hacked should call the credit card company and report it immediately.
"If the purchase was online, and they made it from their Bridgewater residence, they can report the misuse of the card to the Bridgewater police," he said.