Personal Information Compromised at Michaels Stores

The RI Attorney General's office has issued a consumer alert for customers of Michaels craft stores, after dozens of their in-store PIN pas devices were found to have been tampered with, potentially making personal and credit information open to theft.

A release by the store chain said nearly 90 of the devices across the country were tampered with, including one at the Warwick location, on Bald Hill Rd.

Michaels has removed over 7,000 pin pads from their stores for inspection.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is advising customers that if they've used an ATM or debit card at Michaels lately, they should: 

–  Immediately contact your bank to alert them to the situation and check to see if you are a victim of any unauthorized withdrawals.

–  Immediately order your bank to disable your current PIN and create a new PIN to stop future withdrawals

–  You may want to close out your current ATM/debit card and ask the bank to issue a new one.

– Review your daily ATM/debit transactions to check for suspicious or unauthorized transactions.

Michaels is also investigating the issues for their Canadian stores.