Michaels warns of possible payment card breach


(KPLR)-A popular art and crafts chain may be the latest retailer hit by a security breach. On Saturday, Michaels announced that it recently learned of “possible fraudulent activity” on some of its customers’ payment cards.

In a letter posted to its website, Michaels CEO Chuck Rubin said the company wanted to alert customers.

“We are working closely with federal law enforcement and are conducting an investigation with the help of third-party data security experts to establish the facts. Although the investigation is ongoing, based on the information we have received and in light of the widely-reported criminal efforts to penetrate the data systems of U.S. retailers, we believe it is appropriate to notify our customers that a potential issue may have occurred.”

The letter goes on to apologize to customers for any issues.  Click here to read the full letter.

There is currently no information on how many customers may be involved, when the breach may have happened, and if online or in-store shoppers are affected.

The store is setting up a hotline for customers who have questions. Customers can call 1-877-412-7145.

Michaels operates more than 1,100 stores in the U.S. and Canada, including three in the United States.

In recent weeks, Target andNeiman Marcus have each acknowledged data breaches. St. Louis was also hit hard by a data breach at area Schnucks stores.

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