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.
P.O. Box 740241
Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
P.O. Box 2104
Allen, TX 75013-0949
Trans Union (www.transunion.com)
P.O. Box 1000
Chester, PA 19022
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.”