Shoppers Food reports possible data breach at Baltimore-area stores

Consumers who shopped this summer at Shoppers Food & Pharmacy, which has 20 Baltimore-area stores, could have been victims of credit card data theft, owner Supervalu Inc. said.

The Minnesota-based retailer, which owns Shoppers and other U.S. supermarket chains such as Farm Fresh and Shop 'n Save, alerted customers it had a breach in the computer network that processes payment cards at some of its stores. Account numbers, expiration dates and/or cardholders' names could have been stolen, although the company has not determined whether any thefts occurred.

Data could have been stolen between June 22 through July 17 at 180 Supervalu-owned stores and 29 franchised Cub Foods stores and stand-alone liquor stores, listed here. The system intrusion did not affect Save-A-Lot stores.

The company is investigating but said customers can safely use credit and debit cards in its stores.

The grocer is offering customers who might have been affected 12 months of complimentary consumer identity protection services through AllClear ID and has set up a call center at (855) 731-6018.

Customers can check here for more information about the intrusion and additional steps to take.

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