Mar 022010
 

Ann Butler reports:

As many as 5,000 First National Bank of Durango customers may find they are unable to make purchases with their debit cards after a number of fraudulent transactions.

“We’re trying to get ahead of this,” said Moni Grushkin, a senior vice president at the bank. “We want to minimize losses and protect our customers.”

On Friday, the bank received two calls from customers who discovered charges on their bills they had not made, she said. As First National bankers were meeting to discuss the situation Monday, they heard from several more customers and their credit-card processor that a lot of debit cards had been compromised. Fewer than 20 customers had reported fraudulent charges by Monday afternoon.

The fraud is the result of more than 100 million transactions from all major credit-card brands being hacked from the computers at Heartland Payment Systems, a third-party credit-card processor, almost two years ago.

Read more in The Durango Herald.

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