Banks lend a hand to worried Hannaford shoppers

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Vermont banks are moving to help consumers put at risk by a supermarket chain’s data breach, reissuing cards and monitoring account activity in hopes of protecting them from fraud.

Some are automatically reissuing cards, others are monitoring account activity, using information obtained from Visa and MasterCard about which customers shopped at 14 Hannaford Brothers grocery stores in Vermont.

The Vermont Attorney General’s office says it has only received one call from a Hannaford customer and has no indication that any Vermonters have been ripped off as a result of the breach.

But Northfield Savings Bank and Granite Hills Credit Union are automatically issuing new cards to customers identified by VISA or MasterCard as being Hannaford customers.

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