Sources at multiple financial institutions say they are tracking a pattern of fraud indicating that thieves have somehow compromised the credit card terminals at checkout lanes within multiple Safeway stores in California and Colorado. Safeway confirmed it is investigating skimming incidents at several stores.
Multiple sources in the banking industry say they are tracking a pattern of fraud on cards that were all recently used at Irving, Texas-based Michaels Stores, an arts-and-crafts retailer that has more than 1,100 stores in the United States and Canada.
Earlier this month, arts & crafts chain Michaels Stores disclosed that crooks had tampered with point-of-sale devices at store registers as part of a scheme to steal credit and debit card numbers and associated PINs. But new information on the investigation shows that stores all across the country have since discovered compromised payment terminals.