Whole Foods data breach: 3 things you need to know


If you shop at Whole Foods Market, you may want to check your statements carefully for unusual activity.

The Amazon-owned grocery store chain announced Thursday that it has enlisted the help of a cybersecurity firm to investigate “unauthorized access of payment card information.”

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Here are 3 things to know about the Whole Foods data breach:

1. Primary store checkout systems not affected: The breach was limited to cards used at venues such as in-store taprooms and table-service restaurants, Whole Foods said. Those venues use a different point of sale system than the primary store checkout systems. Payment cards used at the primary store checkout systems were not affected.

2. Carefully monitor your accounts anyway: Although most Whole Foods stores don’t have these taprooms and restaurants, the company is encouraging customers to closely monitor their payment card statements and report any authorized charges to their bank immediately.

3. No Amazon transactions were impacted: Amazon.com’s systems don’t connect to the systems that were impacted by the Whole Foods breach. Transactions on Amazon.com weren’t part of the hack.

Whole Foods said the investigation is ongoing. Click here to view a list of affected venues.

An easy way to stay on top of credit and debit card transactions is by setting up mobile bank alerts to receive a text message or email every time your card is used.

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