As most of you are probably aware, Target experienced a data breach between November 27th and mid-December of last year—prime holiday shopping season. Roughly 40 million payment card records, along with 70 million other personal customer records—like mailing addresses, email addresses, names and phone numbers—were taken.
While most believed this would only impact those shoppers who shopped during the time frame of the 19-day breach, new information suggests that the 70 million other personal customer records that were stolen may or may not have included customers who shopped during that period. Some of these customers may have just been previous customers whose information was in Target’s data system.
As a result of the vast number of people affected by the Target breach, many banks have been replacing their customers’ credit and debit cards, whether their cards were hit with charges yet or not. According to the Star Tribune, U.S. banks have spent over $153 million to replace 15.3 million debit and credit cards as a result of the Target breach. Here are some of the banks who have been replacing cards:
- Chase Manhattan Bank: Replaced 2 million credit and debit cards.
- Bank of America: Reissuing cards that they believe are at risk of fraud.
- Wells Fargo: Reissuing cards that they believe are at risk of fraud.
- American Express: Replaced a small number of cards—at the request of their customers.
- Citibank: Replaced debit cards affected by the Target breach.
- IBC Bank: Replaced cards if requested by customers.
So what does this have to do with our 1Dental customers? Well, because of the massive amount of people impacted by the breach, we want to make sure your information with us is up-to-date. If you have a plan with us and have recently acquired a new credit or debit card as a result of the Target breach, please call us to update your information so we can continue to provide you with your discount dental plan.
This is a very simple process. Please give our customer care department a call at 1-855-329-6305. They will update your information so that you can continue getting great discounts with your dental plan!
Additionally, if you have further questions or concerns about the Target Breach and how you might be impacted or what precautions you should take, please visit Target’s FAQ page where they will be able to provide you with the answers you need.