The Schnucks Telegraph, 5519 Oakville Shopping Ctr. in Oakville, is among more than 50 St. Louis area stores impacted by the recent security breach.
Schnuck says approximately 2.4 million credit and debit cards used at a total of 79 stores may were compromised between December and March. (View the full list of stores affected.)
Schnucks customers across St. Louis have found fraudulent charges on their debit and cards. Others have had their cards canceled to prevent fraudulent charges.
Read more: Schnucks Says Card Problem Is Due To Cyberattack
The grocery chain has since been hit with a class action suit, St. Louis Business-Journal reported.
“Customers have asked me if it is safe to shop at Schnucks. Yes, we believe it is, and we will work hard to keep it that way," Chairman and CEO Scott Schnuck said in a statement.
However, not all Patch readers--especially those who were affected--are so positive.
Sarah Lamb provided the following info this weekend, which was posted on the Maplewood-Brentwood Patch Facebook page: "Fair warning, the situation with the cyber attacks against Schnuck's hasn't resolved or put under control. I had almost $500 stolen from my checking account, purchase were made at several locations in Georgia and Florida within a 45 minute time span. My debit card has been canceled and a police report was filed. Please everyone, check your bank statement's to make sure this doesn't happen to you!"
Some readers have made a switch to cash if they shop at the grocery store. Others have provided savvy advice whether or not you continue to use credit and debit cards to purchase goods:
- Antona Brent Smith: I used my checkbook and cash for purchases I've had to make since this happened. Think I will be doing cash for a while, when my new card comes, will probably just freeze it!
- Lisa Farnen: Special Agent Schmidt gives great advice. I work at Electro Savings Credit Union. Monitoring transaction activity on your account is a good habit to get into. Review your monthly statement and call you credit union or bank immediately if you suspect suspicious activity. Most credit unions and banks offer online and/or mobile account access, so you don't have to wait for your monthly statement to review your transactions.
- Patch Editor Gregg Palermo: Stay vigilant with checking those statements and don't assume that just because this is getting a lot of attention now, that you're out of the woods if nothing's happened yet. A crook may just still be waiting to buy/sell the compromised information and generate cards in your name.
- Rich Pope: I switched to cash only because I didn't want a record of my purchases. No one needs to know what I'm buying and there isn't any debit/credit card information to steal. Credit cards are for emergencies only. If you can't pay cash for it, you have no business buying it.
Do you still shop at Schnucks since the security breach came to light, or have you moved on to a different grocery store?
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