First National Bank closes debit accounts

Another delayed effect of the Heartland breach….

More than two thousand debit card customers of First National Bank of Howell have had their accounts closed down after learning of a security breach. Bank officials tell WHMI that after learning of an information breach at Heartland Payment Systems, a national credit and debit card processing company, they began to closely monitor their customer’s accounts and quickly found a pattern of suspicious activity. Randy Greene is the First National’s Vice President in charge of retail banking. He says that on Thursday they deactivated 2,300 of their customers debit cards as a precaution. He adds that any fraudulent activity will be completely covered and they are notifying all of their customers and arranging for new cards to be sent. A mass letter is also being sent out explaining the situation. Greene stresses that none of their customers personal identification data such as Social Security numbers or pin codes are believed to have been compromised.

Source: WHMI

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  1. Golde - July 24, 2009

    How long is this breach going to last? How many more people will be affected? How many financial institutions are going to put out a lot of money to replace cards? When will the thieves run out of numbers and institutions? Only God knows. Unless his/her identity was stolen also!

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