Yet another security breach at a major retailer highlights the importance of protecting your personal financial information and monitoring your financial accounts at all times. Sandwich maker Jimmy John’s reports it was hit by a data breach this summer. The company says around 216 stores were impacted and the breach occurred between June 16 and September 5. Locations where data was taken in North Carolina include stores in Charlotte, Greensboro, Kernersville, Raleigh and Wilmington.
The company says the data stolen included customer credit and debit card data, but not PIN codes.
Statement from Jimmy John’s
“While the investigation is ongoing, it appears that customers’ credit and debit card data was compromised after an intruder stole log-in credentials from a Jimmy John’s point-of-sale vendor and used the stolen credentials to remotely access the point-of-sale systems at some corporate and franchised locations,” the company revealed in a press release Thursday, September 25th.
Details on the security breach
In its statement, Jimmy John’s noted that it immediately hired a third-party investigator when internal teams discovered the breach in July.
The company says the security problem is now completely resolved, and at no information customers may have entered online, such as customer addresses, emails and passwords, were breached. Some customers are still concerned.
“It is a little scary. You try to use cash when you can — certainly monitor our bank account to make sure you know there’s no suspicious activity,” said Wayne Felton, a customer at a Raleigh Jimmy John’s outlet.
As is expected today, Jimmy John’s is offering identity protection services to all impacted customers, and urging them to track their financial accounts and notify their bank if they notice any suspicious activity.
For more information and a list of the Jimmy John’s stores involved in the breach, or how to sign up for identity protection services, check out the company’s website.