On May 14, 2011 at 9:47 p.m., a resident stated on the morning of May 12, 2011 while checking her online banking statement she noticed fraudulent charges all dated May 11, 2011. Four (4) withdrawals of $303.00, $303.00, $203.00, and $200.00 were withdrawn from Azusa, California.
The victim stated that she does not utilize ATMs and seldom uses her debit card to purchase items online. She stated that she believes her card number was taken during a purchase at a Watchung, NJ Michaels craft store on April 4, 2011.
The victim recalled reading a newspaper article stating Michaels debit pin pad system had been breached and card information stolen.
A call to Michaels customer service was able to confirm that Watchung was one of three stores effected in New Jersey. The fraud is currently being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).