Woodbridge PF Changs on List of Restaurants Affected by Credit Card Security Breach
– August 5, 2014 11:00 am
WOODBRIDGE, Va. – If you’ve eaten and then swiped your credit card at a PF Changs restaurant in Woodbridge in the past two months you may be a victim of data theft.
The company that operates its China Bistro at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, as well as other locations in the U.S., says the security of its customers’ credit card data was breached on June 12. The restaurant says they’ve been processing credit cards securely since June 12.
Here’s a statement from the company:
We have determined that the security of our card processing systems was compromised, and we have reason to believe that the intruder may have stolen some data from certain credit and debit cards that were used during specified time frames at 33 P.F. Chang’s China Bistro branded restaurant locations in the continental United States.
The potentially stolen credit and debit card data includes the card number and in some cases also the cardholder’s name and/or the card’s expiration date. However, we have not determined that any specific cardholder’s credit or debit card data was stolen by the intruder.
The Woodbridge restaurant was the only PF Changs in Virginia believed to be affected by the breach. The restaurant chain has offered a free credit card monitoring service for anyone who had their data stolen.
Here’s more in a press release:
At no charge, P.F. Chang’s guests can also have these credit bureaus place a “fraud alert” on their files that alerts creditors to take additional steps to verify their identity prior to granting credit in their names. Please note, however, that because it tells creditors to follow certain procedures to protect the individual’s credit, it may also delay the ability to obtain credit while the agency verifies the individual’s identity.
As soon as one credit bureau confirms an individual’s fraud alert, the others are notified to place fraud alerts on that individual’s file.
Click here to see a list of all restaurants believed to have been affected.