Credit Cards: 4 Steps If Your Store Has Been Hacked

hackerThere’s another major credit card hacking story in the news today, this time involving Home Depot and possibly affecting over 40 million debit and credit cards.

Home Depot is just the latest in a long list of companies and financial institutions to be compromised (recent incidents have touched Albertson’s, Target, Michaels, Neiman Marcus, P.F. Chang’s, SuperValu, and JP Morgan).

So what should you do if a store where you shop has been hacked?

Here’s 4 quick and common-sense tips from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to help protect yourself from fraudulent charges:

1. Check your accounts for unauthorized charges or debits and continue monitoring your accounts.

2. Report a suspicious charge or debit immediately.

3. Submit a complaint if you have an issue with your bank or card provider’s response.

4. Know when to ignore anyone contacting you to “verify” your account information by phone or email. It could be a phishing attack.

For more complete details, visit the CFPB site, or call our office for guidance and additional resources.

About Mari Adam

Mari Adam, Certified Financial Planner™ has been helping individuals and families chart their financial futures for over twenty-five years. Have a question about your financial situation? Ask Mari!

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