Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Press: Card Fraud 'Plague' Linked to Northwest Grocery Chain

Posted By on Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 9:28 AM

What started as a consumer alert surrounding credit and debit card fraud is now being considered a "plague," according to this morning's Coeur d'Alene Press. More importantly, investigators say they have "potentially identified a wholesale grocery chain" as the source.

The Press reports that that "the one common thread in these fraud cases is URM—a wholesale grocery chain that services more than 160 stores in the Northwest, including Super 1 Foods, Trading Co.."

URM CEO Ray Sprinkle said the incidents were a potential "criminal cyber attack against our payment system. We believe that the attack is targeting data found in the magnetic strip on the back of credit and debit cards. This information is typically used to make counterfeit cards."

Sprinkle issued a press release Monday to inform the public on an ongoing investigation:

"Our investigation is ongoing, and we have found signs of an attack that is similar to those being reported by other grocery stores. "We are working around the clock implementing enhanced security measures to block any further unauthorized access to our system."

Meanwhile, the Press reports that URM has created a special call center to field questions about the potential cyber attack at 1-877-237-7408.

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