ESL FCU Blocks Cards After Grocer Reveals Card Skimming

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – ESL FCU has blocked almost 4,000 credit/debit card accounts after regional grocery store chain ALDI reported a security breach and the theft of card account information.

The credit union reported that some members had money stolen.

ALDI says tampered payment card terminals were placed at checkouts in some of its stores in the Rochester-area from June 1 to Aug. 31. The “skimmers” also were discovered at stores in Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.

Those terminals could record a customer’s name, account number and PIN.

ESL officials say they started noticing the fraudulent activity in their system over the weekend. They are in the process of sending out letters to members.

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