Del Norte Credit Union: Fraud scheme may affect 700 cardholders

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Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 6:30 pm | Updated: 11:09 am, Thu Mar 27, 2014.

A small, electronic device that skims data was used to steal financial information from hundreds of people who used Del Norte Credit Union debit cards to purchase gas at a Giant Service Station in Santa Fe, Del Norte said Wednesday.

The credit union reported to city police that up to 700 members might have had their debit cards compromised at the Giant on Sawmill Road between March 20 and March 24. Of those, 20 found their cards had been used for fraudulent purchases or cash withdrawals before the credit union shut down their accounts and issued new ones, said Del Norte President and CEO Chuck Valenti.

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  • Rachel Pearson posted at 2:40 pm on Fri, Mar 28, 2014.

    RachelinLA Posts: 1

    This has happened to me, in Los Alamos...I always use a credit card now and stare hard at the card swiper (but I have a feeling it's hard to spot the skimmer device).

    If they get your debit card you can lose all your cash (the banks are good at disputing the charges, but it can suck to not have money in your account for a day or two). With credit card you don't lose your cash and they have very good protection against fraud.

  • Thomas Franks posted at 10:20 am on Thu, Mar 27, 2014.

    tunelesschalace Posts: 103

    My credit card got skimmed at that same station about a year ago, and a trucker was filling up in Alabama. Fortunately, since it was a credit card all charges were removed. I'd be cautious about purchases with a debit card at gas stations.

  • StaciMatlock posted at 8:53 am on Thu, Mar 27, 2014.

    StaciMatlock Posts: 20 Staff

    Police had not yet confirmed which other banks might have been affected. That's why more financial institutions were not named. We'll publish more info as it becomes available.

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 10:10 pm on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 992

    “We’re telling people to go inside the store to pay for gas if they’re going to use a debit or credit card,” Westervelt said.

    She might be right, but that takes the convenience away from using a card at the pump. I think a credit card is safer for the consumer, since it's not directly tied to your bank account (and available funds), and you're able to review and dispute charges that you didn't make.

  • Destiny Baca posted at 7:14 pm on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    destiny baca Posts: 80

    Well thank you Celina westervelt. You are one awesome PIO. Uhhhh....could you tell us the other bank???? Maybe we can then check our accounts. Duh.


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