Local P.F. Changs among locations to have experienced credit card data breach

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my newsThe Lynnwood P.F. Chang’s are among the 33 locations in which the company’s credit card processing systems was compromised by an intruder, the company said on Monday, Aug. 4.

“We have reason to believe that the intruder may have stolen some data from certain credit and debit cards that were used during specified time frames at 33 P.F. Chang’s China Bistro branded restaurant locations in the continental United States,” P.F. Chang’s said in a press release.

The dates of the security breach are April 10-June 11, 2014.

The potentially stolen credit and debit card data includes the card number and in some cases also the cardholder’s name and/or the card’s expiration date. However, the company has not determined that any specific cardholder’s credit or debit card data was stolen by the intruder.

The United States Secret Service alerted P.F. Chang’s to a possible security compromise involving credit and debit card data reportedly stolen from certain P.F. Chang’s China Bistro branded restaurants located in the continental United States on June 10. An investigation into this incident was immediately initiated. This investigation is ongoing. The security compromise, however, has been contained, and P.F. Chang’s has been processing credit and debit card data securely since June 11, 2014.

For more information see pfchangs.com/security. At that site guests can also learn more about the identity protection services being provided for all potentially affected guests. Under U.S. law, individuals are entitled to one free credit report annually from each of the three major credit bureaus. To obtain a free credit report, visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call, toll-free, 877-322-8228.

At no charge, P.F. Chang’s guests can also have these credit bureaus place a “fraud alert” on their files that alerts creditors to take additional steps to verify their identity prior to granting credit in their names. Please note, however, that because it tells creditors to follow certain procedures to protect the individual’s credit, it may also delay the ability to obtain credit while the agency verifies the individual’s identity. As soon as one credit bureau confirms an individual’s fraud alert, the others are notified to place fraud alerts on that individual’s file. Any individual wishing to place a fraud alert, or who has questions regarding their credit report, can contact any one of the following agencies: Equifax, P.O. Box 105069, Atlanta, GA 30348-5069, 800-525-6285, www.equifax.com; Experian, P.O. Box 2002, Allen, TX 75013, 888-397-3742, www.experian.com; or TransUnion, P.O. Box 2000, Chester, PA 19022-2000, 800-680-7289, www.transunion.com.

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