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Credit card breach affects Chicago taxi customers

For some people who have credit cards, making the monthly payments is systematic. Some people don't even think to check the statement to make sure the charges are all valid. Credit card holders or debit card holders who have used a card to make a payment for a taxi in Chicago might want to check their statement to make sure all the charges on the card are legitimate because of a string of fraudulent transactions associated with cards used to pay fares.

First American Bank in Illinois issued a statement advising people not to use cards to pay for local taxis. An apparent data breach has been noted by the bank. It has been reported to MasterCard. The bank has also reportedly attempted to deal with the payment processor for the taxi services.

According to a source with First America Bank, the bank alerted the warning only 18 days after being alerted to the issue. It has seen more than $62,000 worth of suspicious charges on more than 466 transactions. It has reissued 220 cards used to pay for taxis in the city.

The affected taxi services include Yellow, Checker, American United and Diamond Blue. Other services that use Dispatch Taxi or Taxi Affiliation Services to process credit card transactions might also be affected.

When you check your statement to determine if the charges on it are valid, you might realize that your credit card debt is actually more than you can handle. If you need relief from your credit card debt, you might have legal avenues that will provide you with that credit card relief. The advice of an Illinois bankruptcy attorney might prove helpful as you can learn more about options available to you.

Source: Krebs on Security, "Illinois Bank: Use Cash for Chicago Taxis" No author given, Mar. 03, 2014

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