NEWSBRIEF: Hy-Vee warns of unauthorized payments at fuel pumps, food areas

Midwest supermarket chain Hy-Vee is warning its customers of unauthorized payment transactions at its fuel pumps, coffee shops and restaurants. 

Hy-Vee released an Aug. 14 statement saying the activity has likely stopped after law enforcement and card network involvement. Transactions inside Hy-Vee’s grocery stores, drugstores and convenience stores were reportedly unaffected.

The chain said it immediately ran an investigation with the help of cybersecurity firms.

Restaurants potentially affected by the unauthorized credit card activity are Market Grilles, Market Grille Expresses and Wahlburgers locations owned and operated by Hy-Vee.

Customer representatives say since the investigation is just beginning, it is unknown which Hy-Vee stores were affected. Managers at the Oakdale Hy-Vee were unable to confirm if any such activity occurred at their location at 7180 10th St. N. 

“Hy-Vee takes the security of payment card data very seriously,” the company statement said, saying it wants to make customers aware of the breach.

Hy-Vee customers are asked to closely monitor their card activity and report any suspicious transactions to their financial institution.

The investigation is ongoing. Hy-Vee said it will provide information to customers about specific timeframes and locations that may have been involved.


—Amy Felegy

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