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Potential Phishing Scam
Apr 06, 2011 (04:04 PM EDT)
WARREN, Mich., April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- iSekurity, a consumer identity theft security and restoration firm comprised of former US Federal Agents, announced today an initiative to help the millions of consumers that may be affected by Monday's email breach at Epsilon.
According to www.krebonsecurity.com, the following companies were victims of this unfortunate event:
American Express, Ameriprise Financial, Barclays Bank of Delaware, Best Buy, Brookstone, Capital One, Citibank, City Market, The College Board, Dillons, Disney Vacations, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Hilton Honors, The Home Shopping Network, Jay C, JPMorgan Chase, King Soopers, Kroger, Marriott Rewards, McKinsey Quarterly, New York & Co., QFC, Ralphs, Ritz-Carleton, Robert Half, Smith Brands, TiVo, U.S. Bank, Verizon and Walgreens.
While each of these companies strives to be careful to safeguard client information, criminals continue to lay traps for the unwary.
According to Matt Bitonti, iSekurity's COO, "Although consumers need to be especially careful in the next few weeks, our larger concern is a month or two down the road when the story is not top of mind. Identity thieves can strike at any time. Consistently educating yourself and thinking before you act is critical. Learning how scams work can decrease your risk."
If you do business with these firms, be on alert and carefully review any email you receive. This scam is known as "phishing"; thieves hope you "take the bait" by responding. DO NOT click on any links or call phone numbers listed within these emails. Thieves go to great lengths to look and act like the real company. If you get an email that asks you to log in or call a number, please contact the company directly to confirm its legitimacy. Only call phone numbers that you have used previously or from a company's official website.
Identity Theft is the fastest growing crime in America to which millions of consumers fall prey every year. As a free public service, anyone can sign up for iSekurity's Rapid Alert Warning system to receive periodic emails about this type of scam and others as they occur.
iSekurity was founded by Reginald Ball, a former US Secret Service agent. iSekurity's team of former US Federal Agents investigate identity theft crimes for members, restores their identity and good name, identifies criminals and assists in prosecution. For more information, visit the company's website at: www.isekurity.com.