Whole Foods Market Security Breach

Oct 10, 2017
Whole Foods Market has announced it received information regarding unauthorized access of payment card information used at locations that have taprooms and restaurants located within some stores.

Whole Foods Market has announced it received information regarding unauthorized access of payment card information used at locations that have taprooms and restaurants located within some stores. These taprooms and in-store restaurants use a different point of sale system than the company’s primary store checkout systems, officials say, and payment cards used at the primary store checkout systems were not affected.  

 

While most Whole Foods Market stores do not have taprooms and restaurants, Whole Foods Market encourages its customers to closely monitor their payment card statements and report any unauthorized charges to the issuing bank. Amazon.com systems do not connect to the systems at Whole Foods Market; so transactions on Amazon.com have not been impacted.


Nusenda Credit Union is aware of this security breach and has taken action by reissuing affected member’s chip debit and credit cards. Member communications will be sent to those who are potentially at risk and potentially breached cards will automatically be closed. These notifications do not mean that fraudulent or unusual activity has occurred on members’ cards; these notification are simply awareness for those cardholders potentially impacted.

 

Nusenda Credit Union strives to protect member information, and will occasionally choose to block or close accounts as necessary. Check here for ways to protect yourself and learn more about keeping your identity secure online, including information on VRS Elite Fraud Resolution Services, available at no cost for members of Nusenda Credit Union. This service can assist you in performing all the steps below.

If you think that you are a victim of identity theft, contact us immediately. Then take these steps:

  • Notify the three major credit bureaus and place a Fraud Alert on your credit report.
    • Equifax - 1-800-685-1111
    • Experian - 1-888-397-3742
    • TransUnion - 1-800-888-4213
  • Close any accounts that were opened in your name without your permission.
  • File a report with your local law enforcement agency. Note your case/incident number and ask for a copy of the report; having the police report can help you clear your credit records.
  • Call the Social Security Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271 to report that your card or number has been stolen.
  • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) online or call 877-ID-THEFT (877-438-4338).


For more information regarding Whole Foods Market data breach, click here. Shoppers can also send a message through its Customer Service webpage.

 

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