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Forum staff reports, Published February 07 2009

More area banks replace cards

More banks in Fargo-Moorhead have notified customers that they will be issuing new debit or credit cards after a massive data breach at an East Coast credit card processing center.

Gloria Schmunk of United Savings Credit Union said Friday that notices have gone out to about 250 debit card holders and 200 credit card customers whose old cards have been frozen as a precaution against theft.

“We haven’t experienced any losses or anything like that,” she said. Still, “It’s irritating to customers, and it’s costly.”

She said many banks and credit unions in the metro area are having to replace cards for some customers. Vendors did not disclose the source of the breach, Schmunk said, but a New Jersey-based company, Heartland Payment Systems, operated the credit card processing center.

Earlier this week Gate City Bank sent letters to about a quarter of its card holders, and Alerus Financial also has sent letters saying it will issue new cards.