SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio (WJW) — Giant Eagle is warning some customers to keep a close eye on their account statements after credit card skimmers were found inside several stores.
A spokesperson for the company told FOX 8 on Wednesday that the five devices were located inside five store locations between November 3 and November 9.
Identity thieves link devices to PIN pads at registers so they can steal a person’s account information and make fraudulent purchases.
Locations where skimmers were found:
- 4000 West Powell Road, Powell, Ohio
- 2801 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio
- 6300 Biddulph Road, Brooklyn, Ohio
- 1825 Snow Road, Parma, Ohio
- 4401 Mayfield Road, South Euclid, Ohio
“I don’t know how these operations are able to bring them into publicly protected places like this. I mean you get, you know, high usage, high traffic coming through here,” said Dave Austin, a shopper from South Euclid.
How this happened is under investigation and Giant Eagle has retrained store team members to identify skimmer devices.
In addition, Giant Eagle immediately inspected all PIN pads in all supermarket chains.
They closed the affected lanes, removed the PIN pads and devices and then sent them for “forensic analysis”.
He believes the number of buyers affected is small and only those who have “swiped” their payment cards with the magnetic stripe.
People who insert or tap glued cards are not affected.
However, everyone who makes purchases at those five locations is encouraged to closely monitor their account details for fraudulent activity and report any potential identity theft to law enforcement.
“Something needs to be done,” Austin said. “To the fullest extent of the law, they should be sent to jail, prosecuted, etc. I mean, it’s messed up.”