Affinity Gaming investigating 'unauthorized intrusion' into system

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Affinity Gaming investigating 'unauthorized intrusion' into system

CREATED Dec. 20, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Affinity Gaming is the latest victim of an "unauthorized intrusion" into its system that processes credit and debit cards for casinos.

The company has casinos in several states, including Nevada. Local casinos include the Silver Sevens in Las Vegas, Primm Valley Resort & Casino, Whiskey Pete's and Buffalo Bill's in Primm, and Rail City Casino in Sparks.

Other casinos are located in Iowa, Missouri and Colorado.

Officials say that their system is now secure but anyone who visited their casinos between March 14 and Oct. 16, 2013, should check their accounts for suspicious activity and take any necessary steps to protect their identities and financial information.

Affinity says that the unauthorized intrusion took place at the Primm Center Gas Station in Primm. It is not known when it began but it ended Nov. 29.

The breach is now under investigation by third-party forensic experts.

The following info was included in the release from Affinity:

Affinity encourages its patrons to protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss by reviewing account statements for any unusual activity, notifying their credit card companies, and monitoring their credit reports. Under U.S. law, individuals are entitled to one free credit report annually from each of the three major credit bureaus. To obtain a free credit report, visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call, toll-free, (877) 322-8228.

At no charge, you can also have these credit bureaus place a "fraud alert" on your file that alerts creditors to take additional steps to verify your identity prior to granting credit in your name. Please note, however, that because it tells creditors to follow certain procedures to protect you, it may also delay your ability to obtain credit while the agency verifies your identity. As soon as one credit bureau confirms your fraud alert, the others are notified to place fraud alerts on your file. Should you wish to place a fraud alert, or should you have any questions regarding your credit report, please contact any one of the following agencies: Equifax P.O. Box 105069, Atlanta, GA 30348-5069, 800-525-6285, www.equifax.com; Experian P.O. Box 2002, Allen, TX 75013, 888-397-3742, www.experian.com; TransUnion P.O. Box 2000, Chester, PA 19022-2000, 800-680-7289, www.transunion.com. Information regarding security freezes may also be obtained from these sources.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) also encourages those who discover that their information has been misused to file a complaint with them. To file a complaint with the FTC, or to obtain additional information on identity theft and the steps that can be taken to avoid identity theft, the FTC can be reached at: 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20580, or at www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/ or (877) ID-THEFT (877-438-4338); TTY: (866) 653-4261. State Attorneys General may also have advice on preventing identity theft, and instances of known or suspected identity theft should be reported to law enforcement, your Attorney General, and the FTC. You can also further educate yourself about placing a fraud alert or security freeze on your credit file by contacting the FTC or your state's Attorney General. For North Carolina residents, the Attorney General can be contacted at 9001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-9001, (919) 716-6400, www.ncdoj.gov. For Maryland residents, the Attorney General can be contacted at 200 St. Paul Place, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202, (888) 743-0023, www.oag.state.md.us.

The confidential inquiry line established by Affinity is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. P.S.T. and can be reached at (877) 238-2179 (U.S. and Canadian residents) or +1 (814) 201-3696 (international residents).

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