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Payment cards leak at dollar store chain

Payment cards leak at dollar store chain
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A quick visit to the local dollar store could save you lots of money on everyday household items, but if you shopped at Fred's Super Dollar recently, the trip could end up costing you big time. The discount chain is currently investigating a potential data breach that could have put customer credit card information at risk.

Security expert Brian Krebs is reporting that multiple financial institutions have noticed a pattern of fraud related to the purchases made at Fred's Super Dollar. It's likely the hackers managed to install malware on the point of sale systems at an unknown number of Fred's 650 locations.

Sources said it was unclear how many Fred’s locations were affected, but that the pattern of fraudulent charges traced back to Fred’s stores across the company’s footprint in the midwest and south, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.

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