The Frugal Creditnista

Been to Home Depot From April 2014 to Present? Check Your Credit/Bank Statements!

Home Depot has confirmed that their systems were in fact hacked this Monday. They are still investigating, however it's been confirmed that debit and credit card information has been compromised. As of right now,  PIN numbers for debit cards are not believed to be at risk, however withdrawals from ATMs have been made from victims' accounts since the hack.  So, I would definitely change your PIN just to be safe; or better yet; just order a new card.  Credit cards have fraud protection in place but debit cards work much differently, so take the measures to protect yourself now before you become a victim.

Home Depot reports: “Last Tuesday, September 2, we disclosed that we were investigating a possible breach of our payment data systems. We want you to know that we have now confirmed that those systems have in fact been breached, which could potentially impact any customer that has used their payment card at our U.S. and Canadian stores, from April forward.”  Home Depot is working with the US Secret Service to determine how many millions have been affected.  So far it's believed that only those who shopped at the actual stores – and NOT those who shopped online – are at risk.

Like most companies Home Depot is offering free identity protection and credit monitoring to anyone who has shopped there since April; they are also replacing their card swiping terminals to a more secure one (chip enabled EMV cards).

“We apologize for the frustration and anxiety this causes our customers, and I want to thank them for their patience and support as we work through this issue,” said Home Depot CEO Frank Blake in a statement late Monday.

The list of companies who's payment systems have been breached is growing; we as consumers must have an identity theft protection plan in place to guard our personal and financial information. MNHCS offers LifeLock Identity Theft Protection for as low as $9 a month.  For more information; please review our Additional Services tab; or feel free to give us a call!  708-872-0811

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