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Grocery Stores Urging Customers to Use Cash or Check

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Hundreds of debit and credit cards have been compromised in the last few weeks and today some URM stores shut down their credit and debit machines, to help keep your money safe. Hundreds of debit and credit cards have been compromised in the last few weeks and today some URM stores shut down their credit and debit machines, to help keep your money safe.

SPOKANE, WA - Hundreds of debit and credit cards have been compromised in the last few weeks and today some URM stores shut down their credit and debit machines, to help keep your money safe.

Owners of several grocery store chains in the Spokane area are telling customers to consider paying by cash or checks while investigators try to secure a computer network that was hacked over the past two months.

The machines where you swipe your card were turned off because of a potential cyber attack that could have given thieves access to your bank accounts.  It's an attack you may not even notice right away if you become a victim.  

The stores include all 12 Yoke's Fresh Markets and 21 Rosauers stores in the region.
    
Yoke's and Rosauers are two of several grocers whose credit and debit card financial transactions have been vulnerable to a data breach reported in recent weeks by customers of area banks and credit unions.

This fraud case even has the secret service involved. They say it's the largest fraud case it's investigated in years in the region. Investigators say that thieves use spyware, or malware a type of spam software to hack in to the system to steal credit information.

The stores affected by the attack: 

  • Family Foods
  • Harvest Foods
  • Trading Company Stores
  • Yoke's Fresh Market
  •  Super 1
  • Rosauers
  • Center Place Markets

URM Stores has created a call center to answer questions from customers about the data breach: 877-237-7408.

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