Someone stole email address and other information from Epsilon and RSA Security. Authorities fear the thief or thieves may use the information to try and scam unsuspecting individuals into revealing personal financial information. These "spoof" emails appear to be from official, trusted businesses. This type of scam is called "phishing."
Epsilon's clients include JP Morgan Chase, Best Buy Co., Walgreen Co., Capital One Financial Corp. and Target among others.
Many of the companies have sent emails to customers warning of the security breach similar to the following letter:
To Our Valued Guests,
Target’s email service provider, Epsilon, recently informed us that their data system was exposed to unauthorized entry. As a result, your email address may have been accessed by an unauthorized party. Epsilon took immediate action to close the vulnerability and notified law enforcement.
While no personally identifiable information, such as names and credit card information, was involved, we felt it was important to let you know that your email may have been compromised.
would never ask for personal or financial information through email. Consider these tips to help protect your personal information online: