The Grinch is threatening to come early this year! With Black Friday only a week away (Nov. 24), Forever 21 announced they've suffered a data breach. Here's the gist of it:
According to Business Insider, your favorite fashion chain announced that credit card information may have been stolen from a few of its unspecified locations earlier this year.
Maybe today's a good time to double check your old bank statements?
Although exact locations affected by the breach have not been revealed, we do know that if you shopped between March 2017 to October 2017, your credit card information may have been compromised.
Forever 21 shared they are still investigating the situation and have yet to release the exact number of people affected by the coding — typically used to scramble credit card numbers — not working.
"We immediately began an investigation of our payment card systems and engaged a leading security and forensics firm to assist us," Forever 21 told BuzzFeed News via a statement. "Protecting our customers' payment card data is a top priority, and we are continuing to take steps to address this incident."
If you do find a suspicious charge, shoppers are being told to handle with their card carrier.
Identity Force, a company that tracks data breaches, reported that this year alone, user data has been hacked at 37 different companies, including our favorites Chipotle, Saks Fifth Avenue and even Whole Foods!
Lesson? Be safe out there this holiday season and be sure to check those statements!
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