Credit card skimmer found at Sudbury Farms in Needham

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NEEDHAM — A credit card skimming device was discovered by management at the Sudbury Farms grocery store on the self-checkout register, prompting an investigation by the Needham Police.

The suspicious device was found on Dec. 24, and turned over to police two days later on Dec. 26.

Early indications suggest the skimmer was installed on the evening of Dec. 16.

The Needham Police Department is in the initial phase of the investigation, but similar devices have been found in other Roche Brothers family stores, including locations in Wellesley, Natick, Weston, Sudbury, and Cambridge.

Customers who used the self-checkout registers at Sudbury Farms between Dec. 16 and Dec. 24 are urged to keep a close eye on their credit or debit card statements for any unusual activity and to report it to the Needham Police.

As of now, there have been no reported cases of compromised financial information connected to this incident.

Authorities advise that when making credit or debit card purchases, the most secure methods are using the chip insert or tap functions, as these are less susceptible to skimming than the magnetic stripe swipe.

Shoppers are also encouraged to stay vigilant and report any signs of tampering with card readers to store management.

For further inquiries or to report suspicious activity, contact the Needham Police Department at 781-455-7570.

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