Debit-card fraud could be related to PIN skimming


A number of Portland-area residents reported their debit cards either were compromised or canceled suddenly, and  police said at least one case was related to a data breach earlier this year at Michaels Stores Inc.

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A number of Portland-area residents reported their debit cards either were compromised or canceled suddenly over the weekend, and Beaverton police said at least one case was related to a data breach earlier this year at Michaels Stores Inc.

Bill Johnson, a customer at First Tech Federal Credit Union, discovered $800 in unauthorized ATM withdrawals on Saturday, while a spokesperson at Advantis Credit Union said it saw a spike in debit card fraud over the weekend. Several U.S. Bank customers reported their debit cards were canceled without notice.

Beaverton Police Department spokeswoman Pam Yazzolino said it referred one case to the U.S. Secret Service, which is investigating the Michaels breach.

Michaels reported last month that Personal Identification Numbers pads at close to 90 stores had been tampered with between Feb. 8 and May 6, exposing payment cards to possible fraud. The tamperings occurred at two stores in Beaverton as well as stores in Tualatin, Roseburg, Springfield and Medford, the company has said.

Read more in today’s Oregonian.




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