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Michaels Stores Confirms Security Breach Involving 2.6M Customer Cards

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The arts and crafts store, Michaels, says a security breach at its stores lasted eight months.

The hack affected about 2.6 million cards.

Thieves accessed some credit and debit card numbers and expiration dates.

But the company said there is no evidence that information like customer names or pins were stolen. 

The breach affected about 7% of card transactions at its stores from last May to late January.

Those who shopped in the 35 stores in Michigan are impacted by the breach. Attorney General Bill Schuette has some tips on how to respond. 

-Review and monitor your credit and debit card information for the next 12 to 24 months for any unauthorized activity.

-Order a copy of your credit report, and review it carefully to be sure there is no unauthorized activity.

-Call one of the three major credit bureaus and place a one-call fraud alert on your credit report.  The one you contact is required by law to contact the other two credit bureaus. This one-call fraud alert will remain in your credit file for at least 90 days, requiring creditors to contact you before opening any new accounts or increasing credit limits on your existing accounts. 

    •Equifax: Call (800) 525-6285, and write: P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241.
    •Experian: Call (888) 397-3742, and write: P.O. Box 9532, Allen, TX 75013.
    •TransUnion: Call (800) 680-7289, and write: Fraud Victim Assistance Division, P.O. Box 6790 Fullerton, CA 92834-6790.

-Contact the fraud departments of your credit card issuers or bank.  These financial institutions can monitor your account for suspicious activity. You may also wish to discuss the advisability of requesting a new account number.