Wawa customers could get gift cards, not cash, in settlement following 2019 data breach – The Morning Call

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Members of a class-action lawsuit against convenience franchise Wawa could receive $5 or $15 gift cards, depending on how they were affected by a 2019 data breach at all the company’s locations.

Attorneys filed a motion for preliminary approval of the settlement Feb. 19, according to a website for Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith, a Delaware County-based law firm representing some customers in the case.

Under the terms of the proposed settlement, $5 gift cards would go to members who did not experience attempted or actual fraud during the breach, while those who could provide proof of attempted or actual fraud after a transaction at the store would be eligible for a $15 gift card, according to the site.

If members can prove they lost money or spent money due to the breach, the settlement includes up to a $500 reimbursement to cover those costs.

Between March 4, 2019 and Dec. 12, 2019, there was malware on Wawa payment processing servers, according to previous reports. It affected payment card information, including credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates and cardholder names on payment cards used at potentially all Wawa in-store payment terminals and fuel dispensers.

The settlement also includes an agreement with Wawa company officials to further implement at least $35 million in data security enhancements, according to the proposed settlement.

Wawa, which is based in Wawa, Delaware County, has more than 850 stores in six states and the District of Columbia, including in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

The Lehigh Valley’s newest Wawa convenience store and gas station is scheduled to open in early April on South Cedar Crest Boulevard just north of Chestnut Street in Emmaus, according to Jennifer Wolf, external public relations supervisor for Wawa.

An exact opening date along with other details of the new location will be announced in the coming weeks.

Morning Call reporter Ryan Kneller contributed to this story.

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