Posted by mikeb on January 29, 2009
We have been notified that a data breach occurred at Heartland Payment, a company that processes credit and debit card transactions nationally for restaurants and small businesses. Please keep in mind that data breaches seldom lead to fraud and rarely identity theft. For your security, please monitor your statements and account activity thoroughly. If you suspect suspicious activity, contact your bank immediately.
Above is the note I received from my bank today. I felt it was important to share with you, the readers, and hope in some small way it helps you at least be alert for any suspicious activities on your credit/debit cards.
At this moment I’m trying to see if I can get an idea of restaurants that would have been using Heartland Payment as their provider to help further if possible.
I do feel that it was a disservice to mention that data breaches’ “seldom lead to fraud and rarely identity theft” by the bank that services my accounts. I personally take any data breach seriously and would want all of us to protect against fraud and identity theft. The fact that the data security is breached is enough to be concerned. If it wasn’t of concern financial institutions wouldn’t be asked to report on it. A good place to start is to balance your bank statement and keep receipts until you do. Otherwise you really never know now do you?