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Sheplers reports data breach at stores between June 11 and Sept. 4

Sheplers, which has one store in the Kansas City area, has reported a data breach that may have exposed customers’ credit and debit card numbers to hackers this summer.
Sheplers, which has one store in the Kansas City area, has reported a data breach that may have exposed customers’ credit and debit card numbers to hackers this summer. The Associated Press

Sheplers, a western-wear retailer, on Friday reported it had been victimized by a data breach in which some customer credit card information was exposed to hackers.

The Texas-based company, which has one store in the Kansas City area, said the breach involved credit cards used at its stores between June 11 and Sept. 4.

Sheplers said it doesn’t believe the incident affected its online store.

The company said it is working with law enforcement investigators, but “at the present time, we believe it is safe to use payment cards at Sheplers.”

According to the company, the customer information at risk includes names, account numbers for credit and debit cards, and card expiration dates.

“To date, we have found no evidence that debit card PINs have been compromised,” the company said. “In addition, we do not believe that Social Security numbers, which are not stored on payment cards, could have been accessed in this incident.”

Sheplers said it learned about the problem after receiving a tip from a financial institution. The retailer then hired a computer security firm, which confirmed the breach.

Customers who used a debit or credit card at Sheplers during the period in question should review their statements for any suspicious transactions.

For more information, the company recommended that customers call 855-731-6020.

To reach Steve Rosen, call 816-234-4879 or send email to srosen@kcstar.com.

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