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Goodwill stores in Will County safe from credit card fraud

Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 9:30 p.m. CDT

JOLIET – Fears of possible credit card fraud at Goodwill stores have so far come up empty, with stores in Will County showing no signs of fraudulent activity.

Federal authorities and a payment card industry fraud investigative unit contacted Goodwill Industries International Inc. on July 18 and informed them that several U.S. stores may have been victimized by the theft of numbers from payment card numbers, such as credit cards and debit cards, according to a news release.

Goodwill Industries International is a membership organization for 165 independent Goodwill headquarters.

None of the stores in Illinois – including those in Joliet, Plainfield, and New Lenox – have shown signs of fraudulent activity, said Pat Boelter, Goodwill chief marketing officer.

“At this point, there is no evidence,” he said.

A Goodwill store is under construction in Morris near Aldi in Saratoga Business Park. The address of the new building will be 414 Arthur Ave.

Investigators are still reviewing available information regarding the possible fraud. Boelter said the Goodwill stores do not use the platforms that were reported as potentially compromised. Those platforms would be the point of sale system provider or hosting organizations.

Goodwill stores across the U.S. are working with industry contacts and federal authorities on the investigation and plan to work with any individual location if data was compromised, Goodwill officials said in a news release.

Goodwill stores in Will County are run under the Goodwill Industries of Metropolitan Chicago, Inc. The nonprofit organization aims to provide training, employment and supportive services for people with disabilities seeking greater independence, according to their website.

More than 5,700 employees work in 85 locations throughout the organizations’ Chicago metro area and southeastern Wisconsin region. 

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