Equifax data breach: What to know

Published: Thursday, September 07, 2017 @ 11:18 PM

143 Million Could Be Affected by Equifax Data Breach

Credit reporting and technology company Equifax had data compromised in what it said was a cybersecurity incident that affected 143 million customers in the U.S.

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Here is what you need to know about the incident:

Equifax learned of the incident in July 2017. The breach occurred from mid-May through July 2017.

According to the FAQ on a website the company created to provide customers with information on the hack, Equifax found out about the breach July 29. The company said it “acted immediately to stop the intrusion and conduct a forensic review.” The company says the situation has been contained.

Birth dates, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and addresses are among the information accessed.

Equifax said that in some instances, driver’s license numbers were also accessed by hackers. Some personal information from UK and Canadian residents was also accessed.

This July 21, 2012, photo shows Equifax Inc., offices in Atlanta. Credit monitoring company Equifax says a breach exposed social security numbers and other data from about 143 million Americans. The Atlanta-based company said Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, that "criminals" exploited a U.S. website application to access files between mid-May and July of this year. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)(Mike Stewart/AP)

Consumers can enroll in free identity theft protection and credit monitoring.

Equifax has offered free credit monitoring for a year through its subsidiary TrustedID Premier. According Equifax, the credit monitoring service also provides Social Security monitoring, a credit report lock, credit report and identity theft insurance.

Consumers can go to EquifaxSecurity2017.com to find out if their information was impacted by the breach.At the website, consumers can click the “check potential impact link and enter their last name and the last six digits of their social security number. The consumer will get a message alerting them whether or not their data was compromised.

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Dream internship: Harley-Davidson seeks college students to ride across America

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 2:36 PM

MILWAUKEE, WI- SEPTEMBER 1:  The headquarters of Harley-Davidson sits nearly empty September 1, 2003 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.   (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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MILWAUKEE, WI- SEPTEMBER 1: The headquarters of Harley-Davidson sits nearly empty September 1, 2003 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)(Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Harley-Davidson is seeking a select group of college students who are eager for an internship on two wheels.

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The motorcycle company's #FindYourFreedom internship is going viral, and for good reason. The 12-week paid internship involves riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle across the country this summer. The best perk of all? Interns who complete the program get to keep the motorcycle.

Full requirements for the internship can be found on Harley-Davidson's website. In addition to riding across the country, interns will be expected to attend company events along the way, post scenes from the journey on social media and serve as  brand ambassadors, recruiting others into the sport of motorcycling.

Applicants who don't know how to ride a motorcycle will be required to take a course offered by Harley-Davidson Riding Academy.

The internship is open to college juniors and seniors who are at least 18 years old and are interested in marketing and public relations. Creative applications are encouraged.

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ALDI just announced a new grocery store is coming to Butler County. Find out where

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

No frills grocer ALDI reopened April 16, 2018, in West Chester Twp. after a 5-week remodeling effort.

No-frills grocery discount chain ALDI has submitted plans to build a new location in Fairfield.

Officials with the grocery chain have received approvals from the city’s Design and Review Committee and Planning Commission to build a new 22,000-square-foot store on a 2.25-acre lot at the corner of Pleasant Avenue and Patterson Boulevard.

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That’s inside the Patterson Place shopping center that once housed a Marsh grocery store that was razed several years ago.

“It’s a good-looking building,” said Fairfield Development Services Director Greg Kathman. “It’s their new prototype.”

No-frills grocery discount chain ALDI has submitted plans to build a new location in Fairfield.(STAFF PHOTO)

Kathman said staff is conducting a review of the submitted technical plans — the engineering and architectural drawings — “but they then have to come to terms and close on the real estate on the property.”

He said the company wanted to get the zoning and city approvals completed before they closed on the property, which he said, “We expect that to happen relatively soon.”

The new ALDI should open by sometime in the fourth quarter, Kathman said.

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The new ALDI should have a ripple effect on vacant space in the shopping plaza in which it is being constructed. Kathman said company officials told him they’ve seen other business follow the opening of a new ALDI store.

ALDI is investing $14 million to model 11 stores in Cincinnati and the surrounding area by 2019, part of its $1.6 billion plan to remodel more than 1,300 U.S. stores by 2020. Its West Chester location reopened Monday following remodeling efforts and a Hamilton location shut down for remodeling on Sunday. a Middletown location will be remodeled in September.

ALDI previously announced plans to invest $3 billion for the addition of 650 new Aldi locations in the United States during the next five years, bringing its total number of stores to 2,000 by the end of 2019.

The grocer, which has been part of the Cincinnati community for more than 20 years, is “always looking for opportunities” to bring the ALDI difference” to more of its fans, including the Fairfield community,” according to Sarah Brown, ALDI Springfield division vice president

“Our upcoming Fairfield store will deliver a modern and convenient shopping experience with a focus on fresh items, including robust produce, dairy and bakery sections, and more room for customers’ favorite products with approximately 22,150 square feet of selling space,” Brown said. “The store’s modern design will also feature open ceilings, natural lighting and environmentally-friendly building materials – such as recycled materials, energy-saving refrigeration and LED lighting.”

The company did not answer questions regarding how much it would cost to build the new store and how many employees it planned to hire.

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Toddler toys, decorative pillows, and water bottles among the latest product recalls 

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 2:41 PM

Toddler toys, decorative pillows, and water bottles among the latest product recalls

Children’s xylophones, water bottles sold at Costco, and 21 styles of decorative pillows are among the latest recalls announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

The Petit Collage musical jumbo wooden xylophones made by Wild & Wolf are under recall because the ball on the end of the stick can detach and pose a choking hazard. 

There is one report of the ball separating and another report of a loose ball, but no injuries.

They were sold at Barnes & Noble, Urban Outfitters and other retailers.

Don’t let your child use the toy and contact Wild & Wolf at 855-215-5879 to receive a free replacement beater stick. 

Reduce Hydro Pro Water bottles are being recalled over lead paint. 

They were sold in two packs with a dog and lamb design printed on the outside.

No one has been hurt, but the pink paint on the outside of the bear bottles contain levels of toxic lead that exceed federal standards.

Don’t use the recalled bottles and contact Base Brands at 833-600-2887 or return them to place of purchase for a full refund or replacement bottle. 

Decorative pillows by Primark are being recalled because they may catch on fire. 

No one has been hurt, but don’t use the cushions which come in 21 shapes, sizes and colors, click here for full product codes and descriptions. 

Contact Primark at 855-215-5829 or return the pillows to the store for a full refund. 

One million Square D safety switches are under recall because the could shock or electrocute users, although no injuries have been reported.

The power may stay on when in the “OFF” position on several catalog numbers of the general duty switches made by Schneider Electric. 

Contact Schneider Electric at 877-672-1953 or click here to find out how to inspect the switch, receive free service support, and a replacement switch. 

Pressure washer surface cleaners by Briggs and Stratton are being recalled because  the spray bar can fly off and cause an injury. 

One person reported needing sutures on a cut to the knee after being struck by the bar.    There are four other reports of the bars detaching from the central hub. 

3000 PSI Briggs and Stratton and Crafsman branded surface cleaners are involved in the recall.

Stop using the cleaners and Contact Briggs and Stratton at 877-370-7505 to receive a free replacement. 

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Jo-Ann Stores are recalling string light sets which can break and cut you.

Two people have  been cut by the decorative glass jars in the Jo-Ann’s Makers Holiday 10-count LED string lights. 

Don’t use the lights and contact Jo-Ann stores at 888-739-4120 for a full refund. 

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Polaris is recalling Ranger XP recreational off-highway vehicles and Phoenix 200 all-terrain vehicles due to injury and crash concerns.

Multiple model numbers of the 2016 and 2017 Ranger XP ROVs have seat belt brackets that can separate from the frame. No injuries have been reported.

All model year 2014 through 2017 Phoenix ATVs are being recalled because of nine reports of a damaged throttle limiter, with one minor injury.

Stop using the ROVs and ATVs and contact Polaris at 800-765-2747 for a free repair.

For more on these and other recalls visit CPSC.gov.

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Can I still use my gift card at Elder-Beerman? 5 questions answered for customers

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:06 AM

Can I still use my gift card at Elder-Beerman?

Elder-Beerman’s parent company announced the going-out-of-business sale begins today for its 212 stores and e-commerce website.

Bon-Ton Stores Inc. is closing all stores after only liquidators submitted bids for the retailer at a bankruptcy auction earlier this week. Bon-Ton’s liquidation sales are expected to run for about 10 to 12 weeks. Bon-Ton currently has 250 stores, 38 of which are already in liquidation from a previously announced store closure process.

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Elder-Beerman has stores in Piqua, Huber Heights, the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek, the Kettering Towne Center, among others in Ohio. The stores employ hundreds of workers in the region.

Here’s what you need to know about the future of Elder-Beerman:

1. Can I still use gift cards or gift certificates?

Gift cards and gift certificates will continue to be honored for a period of 10 days following the first day of store closing sales, inclusive of the sale commencement date. Following this 10-day period, only cash and nationally recognized bank credit cards will be accepted during store closing sales.

FILE(Staff Writer)

2. Will customers be able to use their Bon-Ton coupons in the closing stores? Will closing stores still be accepting coupons during the closing sales?

No. As of today, coupons will no longer be valid once store closing sales begin.

3. Can I redeem my gift card, coupon or merchandise credits for cash?

No. Gift cards, coupons and merchandise credits cannot be returned for cash.

4. Can I still use my store Private Label Credit Card?

As of Thursday, April 19, 2018, Private Label Credit Cards are no longer accepted.

5. Will there be any changes to return policies?

We are continuing to accept returns in-store and online under our normal policies for the 10 days following the start of store closing sales, inclusive or the sale commencement date of Friday, April 20. Following this 10-day period, all online and in-store sales will be final, and merchandise sold prior and during the store closing period will be considered final sale. If a purchase was made on a Bon-Ton credit card prior to April 19, 2018, a credit can be processed on the card within 10 days.


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The Dayton Mall was busy on Tuesday afternoon. Shoppers have flooded area stores and malls returning unwanted gifts they received this holiday season. Most stores have made it an easy task, but others have made it difficult for a reason. According to the National Retail Federation’s latest Return Fraud Survey, retailers estimate that 3.5 percent of their holiday returns this year will be fraudulent, up slightly from the estimated 3 percent reported last year. Holiday return fraud is expected to cost retailers $2.2 billion, up from approximately $1.9 billion last year.. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Staff Writer)
The Elder-Beerman store in Trotwood photographed in 1981. DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE
The downtown Elder-Beerman store, photographed in 2002, closed and the building has been occupied by a variety of other companies. DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE(Jan Underwood)

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