Woman Sues Michaels In Credit Fraud

Brandi Ramundo is suing the arts-and-crafts chain after losing $1,300 on a $19.35 purchase

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    A woman from West Chicago filed a federal lawsuit this week against Michaels, claiming the company should have protected her and other customers from the ATM “skimming” that affected 20 states.

    Brandi F. Ramundo says she made a purchase at a Michaels store in Bloomingdale in mid-April at a total of $19.35, but within just a few weeks, more than $1,300 was withdrawn from her account, the Sun Times reports.

    Ramundo is seeking class-action status and more than $5 million in damages for herself, as well as others whose credit and debit accounts were hacked.

    The arts-and-crafts chain first alerted customers of possible credit and debit card fraud after some Chicago area residents reported fraudulent transactions that, according to the company, may have been the result of PIN pad tampering.

    It was later revealed that the security issue reached more than 80 Michaels stores in 20 states between Feb. 8 and May 6.

    Ramundo claims in the suit that Michaels violated federal and state law by failing to take steps to protect customers’ information.