By Linda McGlasson
Bank Info Security
November 23, 2009
Bank customers in California, Wisconsin and Missouri are reporting
fraudulent ATM withdrawals that police say are tied to transactions
conducted with the Hancock Fabrics retail chain.
In California, Napa Police Department spokesman Brian McGovern says 60
residents reported their cards being used by thieves. In one case, a
Napa resident reported $840 in cash withdrawals. The Hancock Fabrics
store on Imola Avenue in Napa was the "common thread" among the numerous
people who reported credit and debit card fraud. McGovern says the store
had recently replaced its point-of-sale machines.
At about the same time, as many as 70 Wisconsin victims reported
suspicious ATM withdrawals from their accounts, according to Wood and
Portage county law enforcement, which also ties the thefts to machines
in Hancock Fabrics stores.
And in Missouri, at least 10 customers at Hancock Fabrics in the St.
Louis area reported their debit card numbers and pin numbers stolen
during the week of November 9.
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