About a month after courts charged eleven people with participating in the country’s biggest identity theft scam, Forever 21 has issued a press release about its role in the security disaster. The company wasn’t aware of any kind of problem until the U.S. Secret Service contacted them on the day the scammers were charged. Since then, they’ve gone through their records and determined that the thieves nabbed “approximately 98,930 credit and debit card numbers.” They’ve also put together a list of specific dates when their system was hacked: March 25 and 26, June 23, and July 2 and 3 of 2004; plus August 4, 5, 13, and 14 of 2007. Two facts that make all this news very slightly less scary for New Yorkers: 20,500 of the cards were from a Forever 21 in Fresno, CA, and half of the cards have since expired.
This is good to know, especially for those of us living in Fresno who frequently stop by Forever 21 at Fashion Fair Mall. Scary!