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According to an article recently published on the Consumer Affairs website, the customer credit-card database of the job training and employment placement non-profit organization Goodwill Industries has been breached by hackers. In addition, the article indicates that "fraudulent credit-card purchases_" have been tracked to credit card accounts linked to "_Goodwill stores in at least 21 different states_" but details released from original reports "_remain sketchy."
According to the article, "fraudulent charges_" made with the credit card accounts have been connected to "_major supermarkets or big-box retail stores_" and each has "_common point of purchase_" in states including California, Florida, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Texas and many more. The report states that this breach may have existed since "_the middle of 2013_" but experts are not certain of a specific timeline. Goodwill warns in the article that if customers have made purchases with a "_credit, debit or money card" during the past year, "account information might be in the hands of identity thieves" and "you might still be at risk."
Goodwill announced in the article by stating that they "_were notified last Friday afternoon [July 18] by a payment card industry fraud investigative unit and federal authorities informing us that select U.S. store locations may have been the victims of possible theft of payment card numbers. … Goodwill Industries International is working with industry contacts and the federal authorities on the investigation._"
Please read more details about this breach in the complete article and learn more about what Goodwill intends to do in response to this severe threat against its customer base.
Written by Bryon Turcotte / July 23, 2014