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Stolen card numbers used in Arizona stores

Friday, September 7, 2012

Eight customers of Peoples Bank of Bedford County have reported charges made to their debit cards at Arizona businesses, and a bank official said Thursday they're unsure how those card numbers were obtained.

"We don't know how it happened," said Connie Heflin, the bank's compliance officer. "We're one of a few banks this has happened to. We're keeping a close eye on it."

Wiped out

One victim told Shelbyville police his account was "completely drained," with 23 charges for over $2,800 made.

Another victim said unauthorized charges were made to the card at two Shelbyville locations and four times in three Arizona cities.

Most of the charges were at fast food outlets or chain retail stores in Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz. and those cities' suburbs.

Several of the victims said the card was used on Monday and Tuesday.

Possibilities

The card numbers could have been obtained from use at a restaurant or from an ATM with a swiping device attached, Heflin said. One of the victims said he had used the bank's ATM machine.

Heflin suggests not using debit cards for online transactions, because in many cases these are where numbers are stolen.

She also urges customers to keep the card in sight at all times when it is being used.