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Possible Goodwill data breach

By Jeanine Skowronski ·
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Posted: 12 pm ET

Uh oh -- another day; another potential data breach.

Non-profit organization Goodwill Industries International says it's working with federal investigators to identify whether a possible data breach comprising customer credit card information has occurred.

"We are proactively engaged with them and all autonomous Goodwill headquarters to identify what problem, if any, exists so that we can take prompt and appropriate actions as well as communicate as needed to any affected parties," Michael Meyer, vice president of donated goods retail, said in a written statement.

The possible breach was first reported by security blogger Brian Krebs, who, you may recall, also broke news of the massive Target data breach last December and the P.F. Chang's data breach in June.

Krebs learned of the potential breach after a number of financial institutions told him they were tracking fraudulent charges back to cards used at Goodwill thrift stores.

Goodwill owns and operates more than 2,900 stores in the U.S. In his statement, Meyer said Goodwill does not have one central point of sale system.

By now, you may be familiar with what to do if you think your information was caught in a data breach. Still, as a quick refresher, it's a good idea to set up alerts and monitor online billing statements for suspicious charges.

If fraudulent charges do appear, notify your issuer immediately to have them removed to minimize the chances of being held liable. And, should you have reason to believe your financial and/or personal information was, in fact, compromised, notify the three credit reporting agencies -- Experian, Equifax and TransUnion -- to place a fraud alert on your credit report.

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eddie owens
August 25, 2014 at 9:38 pm

i prefer st.vincent over goodwill.every thing stays in the one person gets over paid.

August 25, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Don't rationalize--you're just stingy.

stillworking till we drop
August 20, 2014 at 8:17 pm

How can they get your credit card information if you donate items to them? I have never had to show a credit card when donating to them? Also credit cards are never never know who has access to the information on them.....When you get hacked and have charges that are false you are the one treated as a criminal...Credit reporting agencies are free and loose about ruining your credit and are not interested in setting things right. credit reporting agencies are just another sham.

August 04, 2014 at 7:05 pm

I used my credit card at Goodwill and within days, fraudulent charges began to appear from various establishments on the west coast(I live on the east coast). My bank is investigating the charges, which have yet to be removed from my account. I hope they are aware of the Goodwill data breach.

Thank you for reporting on this. I have been wondering where the breach occurred.

August 02, 2014 at 12:55 am

I will not donate anymore because those who work there get to take what they want first and then the administration gets over paid. I am going to find out who needs it worse and they can have my stuff. Come on people lets have a heart and help the unfortunate. Thank you. God Bless

k collier
July 28, 2014 at 8:48 am

I"ll will remember That miss smithers as soon as you get down an out!! for no reason you can explain

July 25, 2014 at 9:14 am

Any particular time frame???

joan smithers
July 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm

thank goodness i never give to any charity-they either use most of the donations for administration or breach your data.