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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Companies Affected by Large Data Breach Warn Customers to Beware of Fraudulent Emails

Companies affected by the Epsilon data breach are warning their customers to beware of fraudulent emails asking for their personal information.

On March 30, Epsilon clients' customer data were exposed by an unauthorized entry into Epsilon's email system.

The information that was obtained was limited to email addresses and/or customer names only. A rigorous assessment determined that no other personal identifiable information associated with those names was at risk.

Clients reportedly affected by the breach are Ameriprise Financial; Best Buy; Brookstone; Capital One; Citi; Disney Destinations; Home Shopping Network; JP Morgan Chase; Kroger; LL Bean Visa Card; Marriott Rewards; McKinsey & Company; New York & Company; Robert Half Technologies; The College Board; TiVo; US Bank and Walgreens.

Companies Warn of Possible E-mail Fraud

Since emails and/or customer names were stolen, the breach could lead to a surge in fraudulent emails attempting to trick individuals into disclosing confidential information. Affected companies are currently alerting their customers to watch out for fraudulent e-mails.

Customers should screen emails carefully and not respond to requests for login, financial, or other personal information. If you receive an email that is suspicious, contact the company’s main phone number.