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Privacy Tip #307 – Credit Card Skimming Devices Found at Costco

Credit card skimming fraud continues to affect companies and their customers, causing businesses such as Costco to routinely inspect their PIN pads for the devices. According to news reports, following a routine inspection of its PIN pads, five card-skimming devices were found at four Costco stores in the Chicago area.

According to Costco, fewer than 500 customers were affected by the scam. When Costco found the skimmers, it “promptly removed the skimmers, notified law enforcement, and engaged a forensics firm to analyze the devices.” The skimmers were able to copy the customers’ name, card number, expiration date and CVV.

Costco notified the affected individuals, offered free credit monitoring, and advised users to check their credit card statements carefully for any unauthorized charges.

The message from Costco is an important one for all of us. Credit card skimming fraud continues to be an active scam, and we all should be watching our credit card statements carefully and alerting our bank if there is a suspicious charge. This is especially true as the holiday season approaches.

Copyright © 2022 Robinson & Cole LLP. All rights reserved.National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 322
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Linn F. Freedman, Robinson Cole Law Firm, Cybersecurity and Litigation Law Attorney, Providence
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Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She provides guidance on data privacy and cybersecurity compliance to a full range of public and private clients across all industries, such as construction, education, health care, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, utilities and critical infrastructure, marine, and charitable organizations. Linn is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Group and chairs its Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team. She is also a member of the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team (CyFi ...

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