Thursday, May 9, 2013
The cost to the bank has been "significant," an executive said. The news comes after thousands of Schnucks customers had their credit and debit cards compromised due to a security breach.
Customers of Commerce Bank should keep an eye on the mail. You're likely getting new debit cards, even if you didn't ask for one. Clayton-based Commerce Bancshares confirms that customers throughout the region are getting new cards as a precaution following a security breach at Schnucks grocery stores around the area that compromised customer financial data. Carl Bradbury, Commerce's Director of Consumer Products, wouldn't identify Schnucks by name in an interview Thursday but did acknowledge "a large event" where cards were considered compromised, prompting the move. The decision to re-issue does not mean that a customer's card was necessarily compromised, but that it was used during a time period where others were. Bradbury also said …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Whether you shopped at Schnucks and discovered your card information was stolen or not, here's some tips to tackle identity theft in this case and others.
It doesn't matter if you shopped at Schnucks during the breach period: Identity theft can happen anytime, anywhere. That's what Kris Schmidt, assistant special agent of the Secret Service's St. Louis office, is emphasizing. Schmidt told Patch the breach into Schnucks' server that was discovered last month is an example of how information can be stolen on a very large scale. "Nobody really knows if it's safe to use your card or not until there's a breach," Schmidt said. As Patch previously reported, the cyberattack affected customers' debit and credit card numbers used at the grocery chain between December 2012 and March 29 of this year. A KMOV report shared that 2.4 million cards used at 79 of the store's 100 locations are at risk of …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The grocer is still investigating the scope of a data breach that compromised debit and credit card information.
A Schnucks spokesperson Tuesday could not specify exactly when, but said the grocer will identify a list of stores impacted by a cyberattack last month which left customers vulnerable to identity theft and fraudulent charges on their debit or credit cards along with a timeframe if when they were vulnerable. The company has already announced that it had "found and contained" the problem, but hasn't said exactly how it happened. "We have never spoken to scope of this because we just don't know it," Lori Willis said by phone Tuesday morning. The company released a weekend statement updating the situation, which you can read below. "We announced on March 30 that we had found and contained the issue. We strongly believe our containment …
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Police warn that all cases are not tied to Schnucks.
Between March 17 and March 23, Creve Coeur Police took a total of 14 complaints related to identity theft where victims reported that their bank accounts had been compromised and that purchases were made out of state. On March 20 alone, five victims came forward, and the next day, another six did. This comes as Schnucks is at the center of a storm over cases of identity theft. Read: ID Theft Cases Tied To Schnucks--Should You Be Concerned The grocer is under fire as victims from across the St. Louis area say they shopped there, only to find that their credit card information was compromised to fund purchases in Texas, North Carolina and elsewhere. The Secret Service is not offically involved in the investigation but has been contacted by …
Friday, March 29, 2013
The Maryland Heights-based grocer has been feeling the wrath of customers who have had their bank accounts and credit cards compromised by identity thieves this month.
A spokeswoman for Schnucks told Patch Friday night that the grocery store chain has not been able to pinpoint the source of a breach that has left customers across the St. Louis region vulnerable to identity theft and bank accounts at risk. The Secret Service, which as of earlier this week was not officially involved in an investigation but had been in touch with local law enforcement agencies, speculated that it could be a third party which processes credit and debit card transactions. Once those card numbers are obtained, they are sold online in a black market, purchased by someone who creates new cards with the old numbers and racks up charges. In many cases, those charges are flagged by the card issuer and the consumer is cleared of …
Monday, December 17, 2012
The city of Creve Coeur regularly recognizes police department employees for their work on a quarterly basis.
During a ceremony Thursday at the Creve Coeur Government Center, Police Chief Glenn Eidman honored several department staff for their work, and named Detective Nicole Bible the Police "Officer of the Quarter." Below are excerpts from the material Chief Eidman read to the assembled crowd of city employees, city officials and the public: On September 11 2012, Detective Bible was assigned to investigate a child abuse case which occurred in the 12400 block of Lighthouse Way. The case involved the alleged beating of a 4 year old. The information had been passed on to her through the Missouri Division of Family Services. After several interviews with family and friends, her investigation led her to arrest the child’s biological father. …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Authorities say Tania Henderson is connected with larger scheme that included an attempt to deposit an IRS check at a Creve Coeur credit union in October.
The U.S. Attorney's Office Tuesday afternoon announced the arrest of Tania Henderson, a Florida woman authorities believe was in charge of "an extensive fraud and identity theft ring" with ties to a Creve Coeur woman arrested and charged with identity theft here last month. Authorities: Woman Wanted Dead Person's IRS Check According to a press release announcing the complaint, authorities accuse Henderson of filing nearly 200 fake tax returns from her home, totaling at least $1.4 million. Federal officials believe Henderson used what they called "a network of cooperators" like Patrina Taylor, who last month was arrested and charged after she allegedly tried to deposit a check written to a third person on behalf of a deceased taxpayer. …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
A St. Louis County woman faces a charge of theft of government funds after trying to deposit a check at a Creve Coeur credit union.
A St. Louis County woman was arrested Tuesday after employees at a Creve Coeur credit union were suspicious of her attempt to deposit a check for more than $7,000 into her account. According to a news release from the Internal Revenue Service, Patrinia Taylor, 44, was trying to deposit the check, written to a third party on behalf of a deceased taxpayer. According to authorities, both the taxpayer involved and the third party named in the complaint are deceased. When Creve Coeur Police officers stopped her vehicle after she left the credit union, the IRS said Taylor said she was there with the third party at the facility, however surveilance footage showed she was alone. If convicted, Taylor could face 10 years in prison and a fine of $250…
Friday, September 21, 2012
Creve Coeur Police said the man stole money from three accounts from local people.
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Friday, September 21, 2012
A man faces criminal charges for using three people’s bank accounts and stolen driver’s licenses to steal more than $6,000. Cedell Davis, 62, of Chicago, was charged with three counts of identity theft, a class B felony. Creve Coeur Police said Davis used three people’s bank account information and stolen drivers licenses to steal more than $5,000 from one bank account between Sept. 11 and Friday by writing checks against the account. Police said he also withdrew more than $500 each from two other accounts, once on Feb. 12 and again on Aug. 9, by using account information and stolen licenses to write checks on the accounts. Davis is being held in St. Louis County Circuit Court in lieu of a $100,000 bond. For more crime information on Creve…
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Police said one of the accounts used belonged to the woman's deceased relative.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
A former Commerce Bank employee was charged May 31 with two counts of identity theft. Creve Coeur Police said in a report that Detra Harris, 29, of St. Louis, used name and bank account numbers of account holders at the bank and fake identification to pay her bills. She obtained the information at her job at the Commerce Bank call center in Creve Coeur. According to the report, Harris misappropriated $818 from Sept. 23 and Dec. 30 2010 from the account of her deceased relative. She also misappropriated $3,285 from another account at the bank, police said in the report. Bond was set at $5,000.