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Breach compromises some credit, debit card numbers at America's Thrift Store

OCEAN SPRINGS -- Shoppers who used credit or debit cards at America's Thrift Store in Ocean Springs from Sept. 1 to Sept. 27 could see unauthorized transactions on their account after a data security breach was discovered by the company on Oct. 9.

According to a release, all 18 store locations in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana are included in the breach that occurred through software used by a third-party service provider.

The breach allowed suspects in Eastern Europe unauthorized access to some card numbers used to make payments at America's Thrift Store locations.

A spokeswoman for America's Thrift Store told the Sun Herald on Sunday that Ocean Springs shoppers who purchased items from the store in the first 27 days of September should check their bank statements and notify their banks immediately if any irregular charges are found.

The U.S. Secret Service told America's Thrift Store that only card numbers and expiration dates were stolen, the release stated. No names, phone numbers or addresses were compromised.

"This was a very serious attack on our customers and our stores -- and we apologize to our customers for any inconvenience," said Ken Sobaski, chief executive officer of America's Thrift Stores.

The chain of thrift stores collects and sells donated clothing and household items to support Christian ministries.

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