Hotel Preston Notifies Guests of Payment Card Incident
July 14, 2017
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Hotel Preston values the relationship we have with our guests and understands the importance of protecting payment card information. Regrettably, this notice concerns an incident involving some of that information.
On June 13, 2017, Hotel Preston was notified by law enforcement of a potential data security issue involving one of its front-desk terminals. We immediately commenced an investigation and engaged a computer forensics firm to assist. The investigation identified signs that an unauthorized program was installed on one of the payment terminals at our front-desk designed to copy data as it was input into the terminal. The data copied by the program included payment card data – including cardholder name, payment card account number, card expiration date, and internal verification code – of certain guests who used a payment card at this one terminal during the period from July 12, 2016 to August 3, 2016. Cards used on our website were not affected.
It is always advisable to remain vigilant to the possibility of fraud by reviewing your payment card statements for any unauthorized activity. You should immediately report any unauthorized charges to your card issuer because payment card rules generally provide that cardholders are not responsible for unauthorized charges reported in a timely manner. The phone number to call is usually on the back of your payment card. Please see the section that follows this notice for additional steps you may take to protect your information.
We have resolved the issue, and we continue to work with the computer forensics firm to further strengthen the security of our systems to help prevent this from happening again. In addition, we continue to support law enforcement’s investigation.
We deeply regret any inconvenience or concern this may have caused. If you have any questions, please call 1-888-650-3919 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. E.T., Monday to Friday.
MORE INFORMATION ON WAYS TO PROTECT YOURSELF
We recommend that you remain vigilant for incidents of fraud or identity theft by reviewing your account statements and free credit reports for any unauthorized activity. You may obtain a copy of your credit report,free of charge, onceevery12 months from each of the three nationwide credit reporting companies. To order your annual free credit report, please visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call toll free at 1-877-322-8228. Contact information for the three nationwide credit reporting companies is as follows:
Equifax, PO Box740241, Atlanta, GA 30374, www.equifax.com, 1-800-685-1111
Experian, PO Box2002, Allen, TX75013, www.experian.com,1-888-397-3742
TransUnion, PO Box2000, Chester, PA 19016, www.transunion.com, 1-800-916-8800
If you believe you are the victim of identity theft or have reason to believe your personal information has been misused, you should immediately contact the Federal Trade Commission and/or the Attorney General’s office in your state. You can obtain information from these sources about steps an individual can take to avoid identity theft as well as information about fraud alerts and security freezes. You should also contact your local law enforcement authorities and file a police report. Obtain a copy of the police report in case you are asked to provide copies to creditors to correct your records. Contact information for the Federal Trade Commission is as follows:
Federal Trade Commission,Consumer Response Center, 600Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC20580, 1-877-IDTHEFT (438-4338),www.ftc.gov/idtheft
Fraud Alerts: There are two types of fraud alerts you can place on your credit report to put your creditors on notice that you may be a victim of fraud—an initial alert and an extended alert. You may ask that an initial fraud alert be placed on your credit report if you suspect you have been, or are about to be, a victim of identity theft. An initial fraud alert stays on your credit report for at least 90 days. You may have an extended alert placed on your credit report if you have already been a victim of identity theft with the appropriate documentary proof. An extended fraud alert stays on your credit report for seven years. You can place a fraud alert on your credit report by contacting any of the three national credit reporting agencies.
Credit Freezes: You may have the right to put a credit freeze, also known as a security freeze, on your credit file, so that no new credit can be opened in your name without the use of a PIN number that is issued to you when you initiate a freeze. A credit freeze is designed to prevent potential credit grantors from accessing your credit report without your consent. If you place a credit freeze, potential creditors and other third parties will not be able to get access to your credit report unless you temporarily lift the freeze. Therefore, using a credit freeze may delay your ability to obtain credit. In addition, you may incur fees to place, lift and/or remove a credit freeze. Credit freeze laws vary from state to state. The cost of placing, temporarily lifting, and removing a credit freeze also varies by state, generally $5 to $20 per action at each credit reporting company. Unlike a fraud alert, you must separately place a credit freeze on your credit file at each credit reporting company. Since the instructions for how to establish a credit freeze differ from state to state, please contact the three major credit reporting companies as specified below to find out more information.
If you are a resident of Maryland, North Carolina, or Rhode Island,you may contact and obtain information from your state attorney general at:
If you are a New Mexico resident, you also have rights under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, which promotes the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of information in the files of consumer reporting agencies. The FTC has published a list of the primary rights created by the FCRA (https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/pdf-0096-fair-credit-reporting-act.pdf), and that article refers individuals seeking more information to visit www.ftc.gov/credit. The FTC’s list of FCRA rights includes:
If you are a resident of Massachusetts, note that pursuant to Massachusetts law,you have the right to file and obtain a copy of any police report.
Massachusetts law also allows consumers to request a security freeze. A security freeze prohibits a credit reporting agency from releasing any information from your credit report without written authorization. Be aware that placing a security freeze on your credit report may delay, interfere with, or prevent the timely approval of any requests you make for new loans, credit mortgages, employment, housing, or other services.
The fee for placing a security freeze on a credit report is $5.00. If you are a victim of identity theft and submit a valid investigative report or complaint with a law enforcement agency, the fee will be waived. In all other instances, a credit reporting agency may charge you up to $5.00 each to place, temporarily lift, or permanently remove a security freeze. If you have not been a victim of identity theft, you will need to include payment to the credit reporting agency to place, lift, or remove a security freeze by check, money order, or credit card.
To place a security freeze on your credit report,you must send a written request to each of the three major reporting agencies by regular, certified, or overnight mail at the addresses below:
Equifax Security Freeze, PO Box105788, Atlanta, GA 30348, www.equifax.com
Experian Security Freeze, PO Box9554,Allen, TX 75013, www.experian.com
TransUnion Security Freeze, PO Box2000, Chester, PA 19016, www.transunion.com
In order to request a security freeze,you will need to provide the following information:
The credit reporting agencies have three (3) business days after receiving your request to place a security freeze on your credit report. The credit bureaus must also send written confirmation to you within five (5) business days and provide you with a unique personal identification number(“PIN”) or password or both that can be used by you to authorize the removal or lifting of the security freeze.
To lift the security freeze in order to allow a specific entity or individual access to your credit report, you must call or send a written request to the credit reporting agencies by mail and include proper identification (name, address, and Social Security number) and the PIN number or password provided to you when you placed the security freeze as well as the identity of those entities or individuals you would like to receive your credit report or the specific period of time you want the credit report available. The credit reporting agencies have three (3) business days after receiving your request to lift the security freeze for those identified entities or for the specified period of time.
To remove the security freeze,you must send a written request to each of the three credit bureaus by mail and include proper identification (name, address, and Social Security number) and the PIN number or password provided to you when you placed the security freeze. The credit bureaus have three (3) business days after receiving your request to remove the security freeze.