'Have I been hacked?' What Wisconsinites need to know about the Capital One data breach

Worried about the Capital One data breach?
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Worried about the Capital One data breach?

The Capital One data breach has many of us asking "has my information been compromised?" While it's too early to tell how many people in Wisconsin were hacked, there are some things you can do to know if your information was stolen.

First, check all your accounts online, not just your Capital One account, or call the companies if you do not have internet access. Consumers should look for any discrepancies in their purchasing habits at least every couple of weeks. 

"Just because the hackers have your information now, it doesn't mean they will use it immediately," said Rose Oswald Poels, the president and CEO of the Wisconsin Bankers Association.

Be sure to monitor your accounts closely and frequently. By reviewing your accounts frequently you'll be able to identify possible problems faster.  Review your credit report every three or four months. Hackers may use your information to open credit cards and apply for loans outside ones you currently have.



Once you know your information has been hacked, contact the security departments of your creditors or bank to close compromised accounts.  Contact the three major credit bureaus and request a fraud alert be placed on your account. File a report with your local police department. 

If you are still unsure about anything, call your bank. Your bank has a variety of resources available for customers that can help. 

For more resources specifically from Capital One go to 2019



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