Hannaford came forward yesterday to confirm a huge credit card security breach that possibly 4.2 million credit and debit card numbers have been exposed and that this security breach is linked to 1,800 fraud cases already to date. According to the Hannaford website, the data that was stolen did not include names or addresses of card holders, but did include the card numbers and expiration dates.
The data was illegally accessed from the Hannaford computer systems during transmission of card authorization. This credit card security breach has affected customers from all Hannaford supermarkets, so if you shop at a Hannafords, it is strongly recommended that you review you credit card and bank statements. If you see anything out of the ordinary, immediately alert your financial institution of the problem. You then may need to place a fraud alert with one of the three major credit bureaus. If you have any questions for Hannaford supermarkets and Hannaford credit card security breach, call their customer care center at 866-591-4580.
Sometimes, no matter how safe you are with your personal information, you can still fall victim to identity theft.
This story about Hannaford credit card security breach is a reminder that even if you are very protective with your personal financial information, you need to keep a close eye on credit card statements and bank statements. It is also a good idea to order a credit report for everyone in your family, including your children. The Federal Trade Commission website is an excellent resource on identity theft or to learn more about protection from credit card security breach. There are videos about identity theft and information about what to do if you think you are a victim.
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