Dozens of Oahu golfers report unauthorized activity on credit card accounts

Lana Ige
Lana Ige

KUNIA, EWA BEACH (HawaiiNewsNow) - Dozens of Hawaii residents are reporting unauthorized transactions on their credit cards, and the common thread appears to be that they recently golfed or dined at certain Oahu golf courses.

Golfers were enjoying a sunny round at Royal Kunia Country Club Thursday. But dozens who have played at the course over the past several weeks are a bit teed off, after they say their credit was compromised.

"I'm with Honolulu Golf Club. We played at Royal Kunia. Shortly after that, I was informed that the credit cards were compromised," Lana Ige, Honolulu Golf Club chairperson, said.

Ige says about 10 members of her golf group have been impacted so far.

The victims discovered that their credit card numbers were somehow accessed, and purchases were being made without their knowledge in states like California, Florida, Texas and Wisconsin.

"The credit card companies are calling them and notifying them, so they're very frustrated," Ige said. "I mean, it's very inconvenient to have this done and to have new cards issued."

A source within Royal Kunia tells Hawaii News Now that nearly 50 people already have contacted the course to complain about the alleged breach. Physicians Golf Club, the USS Arizona Memorial Golf Club and individual golfers report being affected.

"I did contact Royal Kunia, the accounting department. They were not too helpful, so I did tell them that I would call the police department to make a report," Ige said.

Royal Kunia's manager, Kozo Yamagishi, maintained the course wasn't to blame.

"We have been checking. Nothing was found," Yamagishi said. "Our IT guys are always checking our system. We don't know anything about that."

Coral Creek Golf Course in Ewa Beach says it has received similar reports. An employee told Hawaii News Now that the unauthorized transactions took place in Florida, Illinois and Washington, DC, and that the staff is now advising patrons to monitor their accounts for any suspicious activity.

"We still don't know how this happened," Ige said.

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