Hotel hackers gained access to credit and debit card information

HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP/AP) – Major hotels across the U.S. have been targeted by hackers over the past several months, gaining access to peoples financial information.

If you’ve done some traveling in the last several months and stayed at hotels in one of ten states NOT including Massachusetts you may want to check your statements.

Hyatt, Sheraton, Marriott and Westin Hotels in California, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and the District of Columbia have been targeted by hackers.  According to the Hotel Operator, HEI Hotels & Resorts, Malware put in at least 20 hotels may have collected names, card account numbers, card expiration dates and verification codes.

Data from customers may have been collected from early December through late June. HEI said they’ve corrected the problem and it’s safe to use cards at their hotels.

As a credit or debit cardholder one of the best things you can do is stay proactive and vigilant looking over your payments and statements for any discrepancies. If you do know something is not right contact your credit card company or your bank as soon as possible. Card companies will freeze your account, some will allow you to do it yourself online.

UMass Five College Federal Credit Union Vice President of Marketing, Jon Reske told 22News, “In the meantime you want to make sure any pins you have and passwords you want to change those as well even on your online banking account and so forth because you don’t know what other information those people may have.”

Most banks and credit card companies will give unauthorized charges back, but you may need to contact the police.

You can find out how to get a free credit report by clicking here.

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