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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – People who purchased items at Barnes & Noble stores from Florida to California in the last couple of months should check their bank and credit card statements carefully.

The company announced Tuesday a data breach and warned customers to check for unauthorized transactions and to change their personal identification numbers, or PINs.

Barnes & Noble Inc. said the tampering of devices used by customers to swipe credit and debit cards in 63 of its stores was a “sophisticated criminal effort” to steal information, and reiterated it has notified federal law enforcement authorities.

In Florida, the locations hacked include:

  •  18711 NE Biscayne Blvd, Aventura
  •  333 N. Congress Avenue, Boynton Beach
  •  152 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
  •  1900 W. International Speedway, Daytona Beach
  •  2051 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale
  •  12405 N Kendall Drive, Miami
  •  11380 Legacy Ave., Palm Beach Gardens
  •  14572 SW 5th St., Pembroke Pines
  •  11820 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines
  •  5701 Sunset Drive, S. Miami
  •  700 Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach

B&N said only one device, known as PIN pads, was tampered with in each store. The criminals planted bugs in the tampered devices, allowing for the capture of credit card and PIN numbers. All the PIN pads in its nearly 700 stores nationwide were disconnected on Sept. 14, after the company learned of the tampering.

(TM and © Copyright 2012 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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