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Rutter’s said Thursday that installed malware reportedly affected fuel pumps and interior payment systems at stores in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
The company says data may have been accessed from cards during transactions between October 2018 and May 2019, but some data might have been compromised earlier.
Here’s a look at what you should know about the breach.
What was compromised in the Rutter’s data breach?
The breach may have compromised credit cardholders’ names, card numbers, expiration dates and internal verification codes.
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According to a news release, “Payment card transactions at Rutter’s car washes, ATM’s, and lottery machines in Rutter’s stores were not involved.”
Which stores were affected by the Rutter’s data breach?
The data breach affected at least 70 stores, mostly in Pennsylvania. that includes 40 stores in York County. And, one location in West Virginia is impacted.
You can find a full list of locations at Rutters.com.
How many people were affected by Rutter’s data breach?
A Rutter’s representative on their incident phone line said,”Because of the nature of the incident, Rutter’s lacks sufficient information to determine how many unique, individual payment card data may have been involved.”
How to know if your data was compromised
Checking your bank statements and credit report is a good way to find out if your information was compromised. And, whether or not there’s unauthorized activity happening with your account.
The company says for customers Rutter’s can identify as having used their card at a location involved during that timeframe and for whom Rutter’s has a mailing address or email address, Rutter’s will be mailing them a letter or sending them an email.
How to protect yourself
Check your credit report
- You can check your credit report once a year for free through annualcreditreport.com. This will allow you to pinpoint any fraud or identity theft.
- The Federal Trade Commission should be contacted if you believe you are a victim of identity theft or that your personal information is being misused.
Set up fraud alerts
- According to a release, there are two types of fraud alerts you can place on your credit report to put your creditors on notice that you may be a victim of fraud—an initial alert and an extended alert.
- An initial report stays on your account for a year and it’s placed if you think you have been or are about to be the victim of identity theft.
- An extended report can stays on your credit report for seven years and is placed if you’ve already been a victim of identity theft and can provide documentation.
- You can put a freeze on your credit so that new lines cannot be established without a personal identification number that is issued when you start the process.
How to set up a fraud alert
Want to set up a fraud alert? Here are steps you can take from from the Federal Trade Commission:
- Contact one credit bureau.
- Ask it to put a fraud alert on your credit report. The credit bureau you contact will then contact the other two credit bureaus. Placing a fraud alert is free.
- Be sure the credit bureaus have your current contact information so they can get in touch with you.
- The credit bureau will explain that you can get a free credit report and other rights you have.
- Mark your calendar.
- The fraud alert stays on your report for one year. You can get a new one after one year.
How to set up a credit freeze
The FTC says that you should contact all three nationwide credit bureaus:
- You’ll need to supply your name, address, date of birth, Social Security number and other personal information.
- After receiving your freeze request, each credit bureau will provide you with a unique PIN (personal identification number) or password. Keep the PIN or password in a safe place. You will need it if you choose to lift the freeze.
What is Rutter’s?
Rutter’s, based in York County, Pennsylvania, operates a chain of convenience stores and gas stations in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia. Then named Rutter’s Farm Stores, the company opened its first stores in 1968 in York.
The company’s roots go back much further – to 1747, when Jacob Rutter and Nathaniel Lightner received a 370-acre land grant in Manchester Township, where they established a farm. Three Rutters brothers started a dairy in 1921.
Today, the company remains family-owned, with corporate offices and a dairy on the part of the original land in Manchester Township.
Jasmine Vaughn-Hall is a trends reporter with the York Daily Record. She’s dishing out most-talked about topics, occasional features, and taco fandom. Contact her at [email protected], 717-495-1789 and follow her on Twitter @jvaughn411.
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