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CU responds to breach issues new cards
FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (12/4/07)--In response to the fraudulent use of 60 to 70 accounts last month, First Citizens FCU has issued new credit cards to affected members. The $386 million asset, Fairhaven, Mass.-based credit union--which has branches in Falmouth, Hyannis and Orleans--issued new Visa cards to 138 members (Cape Cod Times Nov. 30). The breach of card data became evident after several First Citizens members patronized a restaurant chain--Not Your Average Joe’s--that had been compromised by thieves who stole credit card information earlier in the fall, said Charles Simpson, president of First Citizens. When it was discovered that charges to the affected credit cards had been made in other areas of the state as well, the matter was then turned over to the U.S. Secret Service, local police said. The case is still under “active investigation,” according to a spokesman for the Boston office of the Secret Service. Only a few members of First Citizens had unauthorized charges billed to their card accounts, Simpson said. First Citizens’ officials examined the recent activity on all accounts to ascertain who had used their card at one of the chain’s restaurants in the past few months, Simpson added.
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