Kentucky's Goodwill customers unaffected by possible theft of credit, debit card numbers

jwarren@herald-leader.comJuly 23, 2014 

In this 2011 file photo, Kathleen Gorz shopped for blouses at a Goodwill store in Paris last month.

BROOKE DIDONATO | STAFF

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky said Wednesday that its payment-card system has not been affected by a possible security breach at some Goodwill stores in other states.

"Our review indicates that the payment-card system utilized by the Kentucky Goodwill operations is secure, and is not among those in question," Kentucky Goodwill said in a statement Wednesday. Goodwill Industries of Kentucky operates 63 stores, and those stores send encrypted payment card information to a third-party card processor.

Kentucky Goodwill said that "to the greatest extent possible," it is "confident that its customers have not been touched by this possible breach."

Goodwill Industries' national organization said Monday that it had been notified by an industry fraud-investigation unit that payment card numbers might have been stolen from some U.S. Goodwill stores.

The organization said it is working with credit card makers, the Secret Service and fraud investigators to determine whether a breach had occurred.

Goodwill, based in Rockville, Md., operates more than 2,900 stores that sell donated merchandise to finance job programs. It has annual retail sales of $3.79 billion.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255.

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