Skimming devices removed from 5 Big Y stores

3 devices were found in MA, 2 in CT


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –  Big Y representatives announced on Tuesday that credit card skimming devices were found in five single payment terminals last week, in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

According to a news release form the supermarket chain, the five skimmers were found and removed immediately from food service/pizza registers inside the stores. Out of the 75 stores in New England, the five impacted were in:

  • Cooley Street store in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Wilbraham, Massachusetts
  • Northampton, Massachusetts
  • Avon, Connecticut
  • Rocky Hill, Connecticut

Big Y said the investigation is ongoing but, “at this time we have no reason to believe that any customer data was compromised. If this changes, we promptly will notify impacted individuals.” They’ve inspected all of their terminals, and plan to continue to do so.

Credit card skimmers look identical to ATMs, which makes them difficult to spot. When someone swipes their card to make a payment, or take out money, the skimming device can scan and store the credit and debit card information.

22News has some advice on what you should watch out for when spotting card skimmers.

How to spot ATM skimming devices

The FBI says you can start by shaking the ATM. If it moves or comes off, it could be a skimmer. Since these devices are attached to the ATM, there also might be tape or glue around it. You can also hit a few buttons before entering your pin, to make sure the keypad doesn’t move. Lastly, look for any small hidden cameras that may be placed near the keypad.

If you have any questions or concerns about this matter, you can call the toll-free number 1-877-914-2449, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

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