Capital One Data Breach Under Investigation
If you are a customer of Capital One the Better Business Bureau is warning the company has experienced of one of the biggest data breaches ever. Officials with the Better Business Bureau of Eastern Washington says a woman from Seattle gained access to more than 100 million Capital One accounts and Applications. Paige Thompson was arrested by the Department of Justice saying she was able to gain access to 140,000 social Security numbers in the U.S. and Canada and 80,000 bank account numbers. According to the company “no credit card account number or log-in credentials were compromised and over 99% of Social Security numbers were not compromised,”
In a news release from the Better Business Bureau says you should take action if you're a Capital One customer.
"Contact Capital One Check its website for the latest information. Type the name directly into your browser. Do NOT click on a link from an email or social media message. If your credit card has been compromised. You will likely hear from Capital One first. If you have questions, call the customer service number on the back of your card. Credit freeze or fraud alert. Consider putting one on your credit reports with the three major credit reporting agencies (go.bbb.org/creditfreeze). This will prevent anyone form accessing your credit report or scores.
If your credit card(s) has been breached:
Monitor your credit card statements carefully (go online; don’t wait for the paper statement).
If you see a fraudulent charge, report it to your bank or credit card issuer immediately so the charge can be reversed and a new card issued.
Keep receipts in case you need to prove which charges you authorized and which ones you did not.
Beware of scammers. They may pretend to be from the retailer, bank or your credit card issuer, telling you that you card was compromised and suggesting actions to “fix” the problem. Phishing emails may attempt to fool you into providing your credit card information or ask you to click on a link or open an attachment, either of which can download malware onto your computer."