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Credit card info stealing devices found at Ohio grocery stores, including in Columbus & Powell

Credit card info stealing devices found at Ohio grocery stores, including in Columbus & Powell

Sav McKee

If you stopped into a Powell or Columbus Giant Eagle for some groceries before November, only then to find that your credit card number was stolen, that may not be just a coincidence.

According to Giant Eagle, five skimmer devices were used to potentially read your credit card information. These devices were found on the supermarket’s PIN pads.


On November 3rd, Giant Eagle secured the first tampered PIN pad at their 4000 West Powell Road location in Powell, Ohio. Then during that week, while the company was inspecting the PIN pads across all of the supermarkets chainwide, they identified skimmer devices at the following additional Ohio Giant Eagle locations:

  • 2801 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43221 
  • 6300 Biddulph Road, Brooklyn, OH 44144 
  • 1825 Snow Road, Parma, OH 44134 
  • 4401 Mayfield Road, South Euclid, OH 44121 

The skimmer devices in question may have captured information for the small number of customers who swipe their card on the PIN pads instead of tap of insert the chip. Giant Eagle said the vast majority of customers opt for the chip insert or tapping, so those customers were not affected. 

The skimmers have since been sent out for a thorough forensic analysis. It’s important to note that no other skimmer devices were found at any other Giant Eagle locations than the ones listed above, and since they’ve found these credit card number stealing devices, the company has retrained store Team Members on how to identify these skimmer devices.

“All potentially affected bank and credit card providers have been notified. Customers who have visited any of these five locations, used the magnetic swipe mechanism on the PIN pads and are concerned that they may have been impacted should closely monitor their account statements for signs of fraudulent activity,” said Giant Eagle media relations.

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