GIjOE Collector’s Club Website Hacked!

FLASH! The website of the national GIjOE Collector’s Club has been hacked and customer credit card information has been stolen and used. Here’s the official word from Brian Savage at the club:

“While we continue to work on the current issues. We recommend that all members (even if you didn’t have an issue with your card) go to one of the credit monitoring sites like Experian and file for credit card fraud protection. This service is free and it puts a watch on your credit ratings for 90 days (free).

On the Experian site click on the “Add an Initial Security Alert” (this is the one that I used). They also provide you a free credit report. According to Federal Law, each agency must provide you with one free report every 12 months upon request. You can view your rights here at Experian.

You can also call these agencies but some of them are hard to get a person on the phone.

Equifax (www.equifax.com)
P.O. Box 740241
Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
1-800-685-1111

Experian (www.experian.com)
P.O. Box 2104
Allen, TX 75013-0949
1-888-EXPERIAN (397-3742)

Trans Union (www.transunion.com)
P.O. Box 1000
Chester, PA 19022
1-800-916-8800

When you put the credit watch on your account, they notify the other two agencies.

I also recommend that you call the opt out number (1 888 567 8688) so that you will be taken off the list for pre-approved credit card and insurance offers. That way if your mail is ever broken into (happened to us personally a few years back), they can’t get these items and open accounts in your name.

Again, we apologize for any problems these security issues have caused. Thanks for all of the kind emails we have been receiving and we look forward to resolving this issue. –Brian”

So there you have it. As they say, “Forewarned is Forearmed.”

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One thought on “GIjOE Collector’s Club Website Hacked!

  1. kneonknight says:

    Thanks for getting the word out on this, Mark. A lot of folks may not have known about this, as the Official Site isn’t one that would ordinarily be accessed on a daily basis.

    In addition to Brian Savage’s advice, I would also urge all of my fellow collectors who may be affected by this situation to contact the institution who issued your credit cards and request a new card with a different number to be issued, and that your old card be deactivated. While this may seem extreme, and very inconvenient, it is one more layer of security between you and the thieves.

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