SAN JOSE (KCBS) – A charity group that benefits members of the U.S. military and needy veterans is the latest victim in the growing debit card reader scam at Lucky and Save Mart supermarkets.

More than 100 employees and customers have had their identities stolen at Bay Area Lucky supermarkets by thieves who tampered with the credit and debit card readers in self-checkout lines, according to the company.

The South Bay Blue Star Moms, a military support group, sends 600 care packages to troops during the holidays each year. Members of the group reported Sunday that Blue Star Moms was victimized by unauthorized charges on a card after shopping at one of the stores.

One of the mothers bought Christmas supplies at a Lucky in Fremont last month using the organization’s debit card.

KCBS’ Betsy Gebhart Reports:

“She had used the card at Lucky on two different occasions,” said Carolyn Silberman, Treasurer of South Bay Blue Star Moms. “I jumped on the bank account to see if we were affected and sure enough, we were.”

Silberman said the group lost $3,000.

“They probably don’t even know who they’re taking this money from. They don’t care,” she said. “But the fact that it’s for the military that is supporting our country and defending our country, it’s unconscionable.”

Silberman said she is hoping the group will be reimbursed by its bank, but that is still uncertain.

Click here for information on how you can contribute to South Bay Blue Star Moms.

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Comments (5)
  1. Ann Mason says:

    The people who commit these crimes are shameless. Their own conscience doesn’t stop them, and they’re unlikely to get caught. They get a real good deal, don’t they?

  2. BM says:

    Is Lucky checking all of their machine to see if all of them have this hardware attached to the card reader? or tell us if they see anything on the video camera since the thieves will have to install some hardware on the affected machine.

  3. BM says:

    People should read this info or KPIX should post info.

  4. matt says:

    Maybe someone should remind the public that everytime they use one of these self service checkouts , that they are helping Corporations eliminate someone’s Job,and someones health care, and making even MORE profit for the 1% who don’t care about anything but profit. Good deal for Lucky, they just view the card scammers as competition from “Entreprenuers”, it’s ALL ABOUT the money! Dream on if you think either has a conscience, that is SO last century thinking.