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Credit card collectors found at Sudbury Farms grocery store

A Massachusetts-based grocery store chain says credit card skimmers have been discovered at four other stores in MetroWest and the greater Boston area. Roche Bros. supermarkets. said the credit card skimmers were found at self-checkouts at Sudbury Farms in Needham, Brothers Marketplace in Weston, Roche Bros. Supermarket. in Wellesley and the Roche Bros. supermarket. in Natick. The grocery store’s discovery of the collectors came after an associate at Sudbury Farms in Sudbury noticed an inconsistency in one of the ID keypads at one of the self-checkouts on Christmas Eve. Roche Bros. supermarkets. said at the time that retrievers were found on two of the self-checkout ID keypads at the Sudbury Farms grocery store along Route 20. According to Roche Bros., the company immediately took steps to secure all checkouts in its 20 locations. In Massachusetts and upon closer inspection over the holidays, credit card skimmers were found at self-checkouts in four other locations. The company said law enforcement was also contacted. “As a result, some customers who shopped at one of these 5 self-checkout-only locations on or before December 24 may have been affected,” the company said in a press release. These are just the latest incidents of embezzlement schemes appearing at stores across Massachusetts in the midst of the busy holiday shopping season. Edgar Dworsky, founder and editor-in-chief of Consumer World, suggested consumers use the Tap-to-Pay feature when using a credit card at the store. “Tap to pay basically can’t be read by the skimmer. The skimmer looks at the magnetic tape,” Dworsky said. “The magnetic stripe on the cards is where the skimmers actually get the information,” he added. Dworsky said another way to “get around a skimmer” is to pay for items with your cell phone. “Tap to pay will not be skimmed from your cell phone,” he said. The consumer and privacy expert said it’s always a good idea for people to check their credit card statements online to make sure the charges are yours.

A Massachusetts-based grocery store chain says credit card skimmers have been discovered at four other stores in MetroWest and the greater Boston area.

Roche Bros. Supermarkets said the credit card skimmers were found at self-checkouts at Sudbury Farms in Needham, Brothers Marketplace in Weston, Roche Bros. Supermarket in Wellesley and Roche Bros. Supermarket in Natick.

The grocery store’s discovery of the collectors came after an associate at Sudbury Farms in Sudbury noticed an inconsistency in one of the identification keypads at a self-checkout on Christmas Eve.

Roche Bros. Supermarkets said then that skimmers were found on two of the self-checkout ID keypads at the Sudbury Farms grocery store along Route 20.

According to Roche Bros., the company immediately took steps to secure all records at its 20 Massachusetts locations, and upon further inspection over the holidays, credit card skimmers were found in the self-checkouts at four more Site (s.

The company said law enforcement was also contacted.

“As a result, some customers who shopped at one of these 5 self-checkout-only locations on or before December 24 may have been impacted,” the company said in a press release.

These are just the latest incidents of fraud detection devices appearing in Massachusetts stores amid the peak holiday shopping season.

Edgar Dworsky, founder and editor-in-chief of Consumer World, suggested consumers use the Tap-to-Pay feature when using a credit card at checkout.

“Tap to pay cannot be read by the skimmer. The skimmer looks at the magnetic tape,” Dworsky said.

“The magnetic strip of the cards is where the skimmers actually get the information,” he added.

Dworsky said another way to “get around a skimmer” is to pay for items with your cell phone.

“Tap to pay will not be removed from your cell phone,” he said.

The consumer and privacy expert said it’s always a good idea for people to check their credit card statements online to make sure the charges are yours.

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