PIN pads tampered with at 5 Western Wash. Michaels stores

PIN pads tampered with at 5 Western Wash. Michaels stores

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PIN pads tampered with at 5 Western Wash. Michaels stores

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 12, 2011 at 4:10 PM

LYNNWOOD, Wash. – Debit card PIN pads at five Western Washington Michaels stores were found to be tampered with, possibly compromising customer debit and credit card information.

The stores are in Everett, Kirkland, Lynnwood, Marysville and Tukwila.

They are among 90 reported Michaels machine tamperings nationwide.

Michaels learned of the problem after banking and police investigated reports of fraudulent debit card transactions.

"Consumers who have purchased items from a Michaels store with a debit or credit card are encouraged to monitor their statements, report any suspicious account activity, and change any PIN numbers and other account security settings," the company said in a statement.

The company says it is replacing PIN pads in all its U.S. stores. Until then, customers can have their credit and signature debit transactions processed on the store's register.

KING 5's Jesse Jones recently tackled the issue of ATM skimming scams. Here's his report and what you can do if you think you're a victim.

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