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Forever 21 Confronts Possible Credit Card Information Breach

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Forever 21 stores attract mall shoppers who want to look fashionable and get a good deal. Unfortunately, USA Today writes that the clothing and accessories company with 815 stores across 57 countries is dealing with a possible credit card breach. From March 2017 to October 2017, “…the encryption of payment-card readers there weren’t working and the chain received a third-party report suggesting that there may have been unauthorized access to data from those cards.”

Apparently, this breach doesn’t apply to all of their stores, but the location of the specific stores is unknown, and the company also doesn’t know how many people were impacted. “We regret that this incident occurred and apologize for any inconvenience,” Forever 21 officials stated. The company switched over to a new encryption program in 2015.

KENS 5 reports that Forever 21 is launching a full investigation into the matter, but in the meantime, customers should check their credit card statements (from March to October of this year) to see if there are any transactions that don’t match up with authorized purchases. If any strange behavior is detected, consumers should call their bank immediately.