P.F. Chang's has confirmed it is investigating a possible data breach that may have compromised consumer credit card and debit card information.
The possible breach was first reported by security blogger Brian Krebs, who discovered that thousands of new credit and debit cards were for sale on underground "carder" site Rescator. Per Krebs, several banks he contacted about the cards said they had "all had been used at P.F. Chang's locations between the beginning of March 2014 and May 19, 2014."
Krebs was also the first to report the massive Target data breach back in December.
"P.F. Chang's takes these matters very seriously and is currently investigating the situation, working with the authorities to learn more," Anne Deanovic, a spokeswoman for the restaurant chain, said in a written statement. "We will provide an update as soon as we have additional information.
Of course, as with all data breaches, it doesn't hurt to be proactive. Those who think their credit or debit card may have been compromised can set up alerts and monitor online billing statements for suspicious charges.
If unauthorized charges do appear, you should call your issuer right away to have them removed and the card replaced. This will help minimize your chances of being held liable for any fraudulent transactions, particularly regarding debit cards.
If you have reason to believe your financial information was compromised, you can call up the three credit reporting agencies -- Experian, Equifax and TransUnion -- to place a fraud alert on your credit report. These alerts tell lenders to be extra vigilant about verifying a person's identify before approving loan and credit card applications.
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