Spec's Reports Customer Financial Information Hacked

By: David Norris Email
By: David Norris Email

COLLEGE STATION, Texas Spec's store officials say financial information from several of their stores was hacked, and customers should pay close attention to their personal accounts.

Spec's Wines, Spirits and Finer Foods, a Texas-based company, reported the financial information theft affected 34 of their smaller stores around the state, including three in the Bryan, College Station area.

The Spec's on Longmire and Rock Prairie, the JJ's Liquor on Texas Avenue near Harvey and the JJ"s Liquor on Texas Avenue in Bryan were affected. JJ's Liquor is owned by Spec's. The JJ's Liquor in Bryan has since closed, but it was open during the affected times.

Spec's officials said if you shopped at the store between October 31, 2012, and March 20, 2013 and used a credit card, debit card or personal check, your personal account information may have been stolen.

Store officials said the personal account information, expiration dates, credit or debit card security codes and bank routing numbers are some of the information that may have been stolen.

The Spec's store on Texas Avenue near Harvey Road was not affected.

According to a press release, Spec’s has been working closely with the United States Secret Service on an active investigation of this crime, and is offering a year of free fraud resolution services to those customers and employees who may have been affected.

Spec’s officials said they're also working with one of the nation’s leading cyber security firms and is taking a series of proactive steps to strengthen its network.

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