Possibly hundreds of customers from First Hawaiian Bank were affected by unauthorized bank transactions made in their accounts.
Withdrawals ranging from about $100 to $500 were made by an unauthorized entity. Saipan Tribune learned that checking accounts are the ones mostly affected by unauthorized transactions.
Long lines were seen at the Oleai and Gualo Rai branches of FHB.
Apparently, more customers are experiencing unauthorized transactions as the day progresses.
“We want to assure our customers that we are aware of the situation on Saipan and are working actively to minimize impact. Customers will not be liable for any fraudulent activity on their accounts. We ask that customers review recent transactions. If they suspect fraudulent activity, please call the phone number on the back of the card,” FHB said in a statement.
It is not yet clear if other banks in the CNMI were affected as well.
The Department of Commerce said they are already looking into the matter.
More information to follow.