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Massive payment card breach at a place you may shop all the time

Massive payment card breach at a place you may shop all the time
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It seems like it's been weeks since there was a major data breach at a retailer, so I guess we were about due for one. And here one is right on schedule.

Amazingly, I'm not talking about the hack that just happened at a major newspaper - click here to find out which one.

I'm actually talking about Goodwill Industries. Goodwill says that a possible breach at some of its stores could have made an unknown number of credit and debit card numbers vulnerable to hackers.

Goodwill still can't confirm the breach, but says it was alerted by a payment processor's fraud investigative unit and the federal government that there might have been a theft. The company is working with payment processors and the U.S. Secret Service to find out if a breach really did occur and, if so, what information was stolen.

It remains unclear how many Goodwill locations may have been impacted, but sources say they have traced a pattern of fraud on cards that were all previously used at Goodwill stores across at least 21 states, including Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

If you shopped at Goodwill in the last year in any of those states, keep a close eye on your bank statement for charges that shouldn't be there. If you spot something, report it to your bank right away.

 

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