Stores Affected In Michaels Debit Card Breach

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Michaels Stores says the PIN pads at stores in 20 states were tampered with, potentially exposing customer's credit and debit card information.

The Irving, Texas-based arts and crafts supplier said earlier
this month that the tampering appeared to have happened in its
Chicago-area stores. Michaels said it has identified roughly 90 PIN
pads in its 964 U.S. stores that showed signs of tampering. The
company disabled and quarantined suspicious PIN pads and removed another 7,200 as a precautionary measure. Michaels is also
screening all PIN pads in its Canadian stores

Michael learned of the tampering after banking and law
enforcement officials contacted the company following reports of
fraudulent transactions by customers. The company is working with
payment card brands and issuers to identify the fraud and is
assisting federal and state law enforcement authorities with their
investigation.

Michaels urges customers to check their accounts for unauthorized transactions. Customers whose accounts were compromised should contact their card issuer directly.
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A complete list of the stores locations where tampered PIN pads
have been detected is at http://www.Michaels.com/ConsumerNotices.


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