Duluth and Cloquet Wendy’s Restaurants Hit by Data Breach
If you've eaten at one of the area Wendy's restaurants in the last year and you paid with a credit or debit card, you may want to keep an eye on your bank statements. The Wendy's Corporation announced in a press release today (July 7) that over 1,000 stores fell victim to a data breach within the last year.
Unusual payment card activity was first reported back in February of 2016, and the company confirmed in May that there was evidence of a malicious malware on a number of point-of-sale computers that was used to collect card/payment information. Officials from Wendy's say that the hackers were able to access card numbers, names, expiration dates and codes on the cards. Some customers' cards were used to make fraudulent purchases at other stores.
The May report estimated only about 300 stores nationwide were hit by the attack in the fall of 2015, but new information from the company has the number up to 1,025 of its more than 5,700 locations in the country.
The Cloquet and both of the Duluth Wendy's locations were part of this breach. The restaurant chain has set up a website to allow customers to see if locations they have been to were impacted, and when customers were at risk. According to that website, here is the information about the local locations:
- Duluth's London Road location - Between 10/25/2015 and 2/14/2016
- Duluth's Miller Trunk Hwy location - Between 1/13/16 and 6/8/2016
- Cloquet's Hwy 33 location - Between 10/25/2015 and 12/29/2015
A number of other Minnesota locations were also victims of this hack, while only two Wisconsin locations (Hudson and Eau Claire) were impacted.
The company's press release encourages anyone with questions or seeking more information to contact them at (866) 779-0485, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm CST, Monday through Friday excluding major holidays to receive additional information regarding accessing the fraud consultation and identity restoration services.