Hacked Card Readers Found At Aldi Stores In 11 States

Late last week, discount grocery chain Aldi revealed that customers’ banking info may have been compromised by card readers that had been illegally tampered with at stores in 11 states.

“The tampered terminals were capable of capturing information such as name, card account number and PIN,” read a statement on the company’s website.

The areas believed to be affected by the cracked card readers are:
*Connecticut (limited to greater Hartford area)
*Georgia (limited to greater Atlanta area)
*Illinois (limited to greater Chicago area)
*Indiana (limited to greater Indianapolis area)
*New Jersey
*New York (limited to greater Rochester area and Lower Hudson Valley)
*North Carolina (limited to greater Charlotte and Raleigh areas)
*Pennsylvania (limited to greater Pittsburgh and Philadelphia areas)
*South Carolina (limited to greater Charlotte area)
*Virginia (limited to greater Washington, D.C. area)

According to the statement, the skimming was going on between June 1 and Aug. 31.

The crime was immediately reported to federal law enforcement authorities, we began an investigation, and we conducted a thorough review of all stores nationwide and removed terminals we believe may have been affected. In addition, we ensured that the relevant payment card brands were notified. We also implemented additional security measures to prevent this type of crime from reoccurring.

Aldi has yet to list specific stores or numbers of individuals affected by the readers, but news reports claim that at least 200 people were victimized at a single Chicago-area Aldi.

You can contact the company directly — (877) 412-7152 toll-free, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. CDT and 4:30 p.m. CDT.

Notice to Our Customers [Aldi Statement]

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