Forever 21 says it was probably hit by a data breach

If you bought something there with a card, this might affect you.
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If you hit up Forever 21 for some new summer clothes, or to refresh your schoolyear wardrobe this fall, your credit card might be compromised.

The fashion chain said it's investigating a possible data breach tied to its in-store payment machines – meaning your credit/debit card info might have been stolen.

Details are still very scarce. But Forever 21 says it's focusing on all card transactions from March through October of this year.

The exact scope, and what might have been accessed or taken, isn't being revealed at this point in time.

"Because the investigation is continuing, complete findings are not available, and it is too early to provide further details on the investigation," the company wrote.

Forever 21 was alerted to the possible breach by a third-party vendor, which "suggested there may have been unauthorized access to data from payment cards."

Related:

The Equifax data breach: What do you do next?

The company immediately started investigating, and thinks it's tied to point of sale machines at "some" stores that didn't have encryption activated. 

If indeed there was a data breach or hack (and that seems likely), Forever 21 will join a constantly growing list of companies targeted by cyber thieves, including:

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