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Weis Markets finds ‘skimming’ devices in two Baltimore-area stores



SUNBURY, PA—Weis Markets is notifying customers after skimming devices were found in two of the grocery chain’s Baltimore-area locations.

On November 1, 2023, Weis Markets discovered a skimmer at its store located at 7848 Wise Avenue in Dundalk.  On the same day, Weis found a second skimmer at its store located at 1080 Maiden Choice Lane in Baltimore. Upon discovering the skimmers, Weis Markets promptly began an internal investigation and notified law enforcement and its payment processor.

The skimmers were capable of capturing track data from credit/debit cards, including PIN data. The investigation did not identify evidence confirming that the unknown third party captured any individuals’ credit/debit card information from the skimmers. Nonetheless, out of an abundance of caution, Weis Markets conducted a comprehensive review of the two checkout lanes where the skimmers were located and on November 17, Weis determined that certain individuals’ credit/debit card numbers with and without PINs related to certain transactions from October 25, 2023 to November 1, 2023 may have been accessed by the unknown third party.

As a precautionary measure, officials say involved individuals should remain vigilant to protect against potential fraud and/or identity theft by, among other things, reviewing their account statements, monitoring their credit reports closely, and notifying their financial institutions if unusual activity is detected. They should also promptly report any fraudulent activity or suspected identity theft to proper law enforcement authorities, including the police and their state’s attorney general.

Affected individuals may also wish to review the tips provided by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) on fraud alerts, security/credit freezes and steps that they can take to avoid identity theft. For more information and to contact the FTC, visit https://www.ftc.gov/idtheft or call 1-877-ID-THEFT (1-877-438-4338). Affected individuals may also contact the FTC at: Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580.

Additional information is available via a confidential, toll-free inquiry line at 1-866-999-9347 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.



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