Florida officials: Monitor finances after Home Depot breach

Florida officials: Monitor finances after Home Depot breach

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi warned today that Home Depot customers should be alert to fraud following disclosures of a possible data breach.

“I encourage all consumers to closely monitor their credit and debit card accounts to ensure that there are no unauthorized charges,” Bondi said in a statement. “If anyone suspects that their personal information has been compromised, they should contact their financial institution immediately and report the possible identity theft to local law enforcement.”

The Florida Information Protection Act helps protect personal information by ensuring that businesses and governmental entities take certain measures to protect data and report breaches to consumers, Bondi said.
Atlanta-based Home Depot said it was “looking into some unusual activity that might indicate a possible payment data breach and we’re working with our banking partners and law enforcement to investigate.”
Consumers will not be responsible for any possible fraudulent charges, the company said in a statement on its website: “The financial institution that issued your card or Home Depot are responsible for those charges should we confirm a breach.”

For questions, call Home Depot Customer Care at 1-800-HOMEDEPOT (1-800-466-3337).
Hackers have recently compromised security at chains including Target, Supervalu, P.F. Chang’s and Goodwill, prompting retailers to reexamine their systems to protect data.

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