MANATEE — Fourteen Manatee and Sarasota stores were hit by a recent nationwide Goodwill Industries data security breach, but no local customers have reported a compromised credit or debit card.
“We have received zero calls from customers,” Manasota Goodwill spokeswoman Veronica Miller said. The data security breach was announced by Goodwill Industries in July and updated Monday.
A forensic expert hired by Goodwill found the breach was caused when a third-party vendor system was attacked by malware, enabling criminals to access payment card data of a number of vendor customers, including Goodwill.
Each Goodwill store affected took immediate action to ensure malware from the third-party vendor systems no longer threatened its shoppers, according to the update.
No local cardholders have reported fraudulent charges from shopping at Goodwill stores, said Dave Bristow, a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
“I think if there had been a slew of these, we would have heard and we haven’t,” Bristow said. “Our advice to local shoppers who used their credit or debit cards is to monitor them closely. In fact, during these times, it is always important to check your statements and pay close attention to what is happening with your cards.”
Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International, stated: “We continue to take this matter very seriously. We took immediate steps to address this issue and we are providing extensive support to the affected Goodwill members in their efforts to prevent this type of incident from occurring in the future.
“We realize a data security compromise is an issue that every retailer and consumer needs to be aware of today,” Gibbons added. “We are working diligently to prevent this type of unfortunate situation from happening again. Goodwill’s mission is to provide job training for people with disabilities and disadvantages. We provide this service to millions of people each year. They, our shoppers and our donors are our first priority.”Manatee and Sarasota county Goodwill stores affected by the security breach from Feb. 2, 2013, to Aug. 14 include:
5138 Cortez Road W., Bradenton; 5512 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton; 7200 55th Ave. E., Bradenton; 2210 N. Tamiami Trial, Nokomis; 14879 Tamiami Trail, North Port; 1210 10th St. E., Palmetto; 7241 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; 7501 15th St. E., Sarasota; 1752 Tamiami Trail S., Venice; 676 Tamiami Trail. S., Venice; 1704 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota, breached from March 20 to Aug. 14; 5150 N. Tamiami Trail., Sarasota, breached from Feb. 19, 2013, to Aug. 14; 5831 Derek Ave., Sarasota, breached from May 8 to Aug. 14; and 2715 51st Ave. E., Bradenton, breached from July 17 to Aug. 14.