BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Your debit or credit card may have been compromised if you used it to make a purchase recently at Stop & Shop at 404 Springfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights. 

An Illegal credit card skimming device was found at a single self checkout register on February 10, 2020.  In a statement released today on Stop & Shop’s website they said, “immediately upon learning of the issue we took steps to secure this checkout lane and to review video surveillance to determine when the device was installed.”  Law enforcement and a third-party forensic investigator were immediately notified to determine what data was collected.

The investigation concluded that personal information found on the devices included names, payment account numbers, and expiration dates for a limited number of customers who used the targeted self-checkout terminals between February 8, 2020 and February 10, 2020 at the Berkeley Heights location.

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In addition to the Berkeley Heights location, four of the chain’s other stores were also affected; two New Jersey locations in Bloomfield and Clifton, one in Massachusetts and one in Connecticut.  

The investigation determined that the devices used by the scammers at these five locations are considered a newer pick pocketing method known as “shimmers”.  They are paper-thin, card-sized shims with an embedded microchip that can intercept data off of a debit or credit card's EMV chip when it is inserted into the terminal.  Once the data is collected, scammers use that information to clone a magnetic stripe version of your card.  The company said, pin pads were checked at all locations to ensure that no other additional shimmer devices were attached.

Customers with questions can call Stop & Shop toll-free at 1-800-767-7772 Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. or Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information about the incident is also available on the company’s website at www.stopandshop.com.