Roche Bros. has issued a warning that credit card skimmers were found on self-checkout machines at its Natick store and 4 other locations.
Skimmers are illegal devices, sometimes in the form of a fake keypad or card reader attachment, that grab data from credit or debit card magnetic strips that can then be sold on the black market.
Roche Bros. says that skimmers were also found at Sudbury Farms in Sudbury and Needham, Brothers Marketplace in Weston, and Roche Bros. in Wellesley. An employee first sniffed out the issue at the Sudbury store, where 2 skimmers were found. Upon further investigation at other stores, more skimmers were found and removed.
Mansfield-based Roche Bros. said it has reached out to law enforcement over the incident. The Natick Police Department says it was contacted on Tuesday afternoon, and has no suspects at this time or a timeline of when the device was attached to a self-checkout machine. The department has not dealt with any other skimming incidents of late.
“As reported it seems to be a regional issue. Roche Bros Security staff are reviewing their internal devices to see if they can develop any useful investigative leads,” wrote Natick Police Deputy Chief Brian Lauzon.
Roche Bros. said in a statement that “Some customers who have shopped at any of these 5 locations on the self-checkouts only on or before Dec. 24, may have been impacted. At this time there has been no confirmation that any customer data has been compromised.” Still, it would be worth checking your card accounts for any unusual activity.
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