Callaway Gardens reported a breach of its credit card security system Friday, suggesting private customer information that could be used for financial fraud might have been taken.
The resort was notified by a credit card processing company that it was among several targets of “sophisticated fraudulent credit card activity” after consumers reported counterfeit purchases.
“In our team’s immediate investigation, fraudulent malware was detected, contained and removed,” Barry Morgan, the chief finance officer of Callaway Gardens, said in a statement on the resort’s website. The malware allowed the possible collection of personal information, so he encouraged guests to review and monitor their credit and debit card statements.
Police were alerted and the resort sought to reassure guests that its financial systems were now secure and being monitored.
In an email to customers in its database, Callaway said it alerted American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover, as well as the three major U.S. credit reporting agencies, and encouraged anyone who used a credit card at the property prior to May 24 to take preventative measures. If they spot any unauthorized account activity, they should contact their financial institution, the local police, their state attorney general and the Federal Trade Commission.