Shopped at Forever 21 Recently? You Should Check Your Card Statements

9,133 Views
People walk past a Forever 21 store in New York's Times Square
People walk past a Forever 21 store in New York's Times Square. Mary Altaffer/AP Photo

KmartPizza HutArby’sChipotleSonic.

Lately, everywhere you turn for a quick fix — whether it’s for hunger pangs or a new pair of socks — seems more dangerous than ever.

Not only are huge firms like Equifax and Yahoo dealing with the aftermath of security breaches, but retailers we rely on for our everyday purchases are threatened too.

The newest retailer admitting customer information may have been compromised: Forever 21.

Yes, your haven for cheap tank tops and leggings, on-trend clothing and more polyester than you can shake a stick at is the latest victim of a security attack.

What We Know About the Forever 21 Security Breach

“It appears that only certain point of sale devices in some FOREVER 21 stores were affected when the encryption on those devices was not in operation,” a statement, dated Nov. 14, explained. “The company’s investigation is focused on card transactions in FOREVER 21 stores from March 2017 – October 2017.”

The chain advises customers to keep an eye on their credit and debit card statements, and work with card issuers if they notice unauthorized activity.

Forever 21’s press team said by email it was too early to provide further comment beyond the statement, but the retailer intends to release additional details on affected stores and dates.

Forever 21 has more than 600 stores in more than 55 countries worldwide.

Lisa Rowan is a senior writer and producer at The Penny Hoarder.

Do you think this article might help you put more money in your pocket?