Sonic Drive-In is issuing information regarding a recent payment card breach.
Sonic Drive-In has discovered that credit and debit card numbers may have been acquired without authorization as part of a malware attack experienced at certain Sonic Drive-In locations.
Sonic regrets any inconvenience this may cause. The company has provided here more information about this situation, including an offer of free identity theft protection for affected customers:
What Information Was Involved
Based on our investigations to-date it appears that credit and debit card numbers used at certain Sonic Drive-In locations may have been impacted.
What We Are Doing
Upon learning of this matter, we immediately contacted law enforcement and have been working with them in their investigation. We also immediately began our own investigation with the help of experienced third-party forensics firms. Notice of this incident was briefly delayed accommodating law enforcement’s investigation. We regret that this incident occurred, and apologize for any inconvenience or concern it may cause. As a precautionary measure, we are offering customers who used their cards at our locations this year to receive 24 months of free fraud detection and identity theft protection through Experian’s IdentityWorks program. To take advantage of these free services, you can enroll by visiting the Experian IdentityWorks website: http://www.experianidworks.com/sonic. You have until December 31, 2017 to register and enroll. If you have questions or need an alternative to enrolling online, please call 877-534-7032.
What You Can Do
Whenever there is an issue involving credit or debit card numbers, you can always check your statements. You can also monitor your financial accounts and get free credit reports for any incidents of fraud or identity theft. If you see any unauthorized activity, contact your financial institution. You can also report suspected incidents of identity theft to local law enforcement, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), at 1-877-ID-THEFT (1-877-438-4338), or your state Attorney General. In Maryland, you can reach the State Attorney General’s office by phone at (888) 743-0023. Its website is http://www.oag.state.md.us/. In North Carolina, you can reach the State Attorney General’s office by phone at (919) 716-6400.
Additionally, if you believe your identity has been stolen or used without your permission, contact your local police department to file a report. Fraud alerts: You can place a fraud alert on your bank accounts and credit file as a precautionary step. A fraud alert tells creditors to contact you before they open any new accounts or change your existing accounts. Call any one of the three major credit bureaus listed below. As soon as one credit bureau confirms your fraud alert, the others are notified to place fraud alerts. All three credit reports will be sent to you, free of charge, for your review.
TransUnion, 2 Baldwin Place, P.O. Box 1000, Chester, PA 19016 (800) 680-7289 www.transunion.com
Experian, P.O. Box 9532, Allen, TX 75013 (888) 397-3742: www.experian.com
Equifax, P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, Georgia 30374-0241 (800) 525-6285: www.equifax.com
Credit/security freeze: If you believe that your identity has been stolen, consider placing a credit/security freeze on your credit report. Placing a freeze on your credit report will prevent lenders and others from accessing your credit reports in response to a new credit application. With a freeze in place, even you will need to take special steps when you wish to apply for any type of credit. You will need to place a credit freeze separately with each of the three major credit reporting companies if you want the freeze on all of your credit files. A freeze remains on your credit file until you remove it or choose to lift it temporarily when applying for credit. There may be a fee for this service based on state law.
For additional information, and pricing details, visit the credit bureaus at:
Even if you do not find any suspicious activity on your initial credit reports, the FTC recommends that you check your credit reports periodically. Under federal law, you are entitled to one free copy of your credit report every 12 months from each of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies. You may obtain a free copy of your credit report by going to www.annualcreditreport.com or by calling (877) 322-8228. You also may complete the Annual Credit Report Request Form available from the FTC at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/pdf-0093-annual-report-request-form.pdf, and mail it to Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281. If you discover inaccurate information or a fraudulent transaction on your credit report, you have the right to request that the consumer reporting agency delete that information from your credit report file.