Sparks, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com)- Rail City Casino's parent company, Affinity Gaming, confirmed a digital security breach that compromises credit and debit card information of their patrons.
If you tried your luck at Rail City Casino in Sparks, you may be at risk for fraud and identity theft.
Affinity Gaming announced today that the system that processes customer credit and debit card information was breached between March 14th and October 26th at several of its casinos when it became infected by malware.
Arminda Jimenez is a consumer credit counselor and says sensitive information could end up in the wrong hands.
“They can draw money from your account. It may not be a huge amount. It can be a little at a time,” she says.
She says there's a limit that can be charged on credit cards, but compromised debit cards puts your cold hard cash in danger.
“With debit cards, if you have direct deposit, or anything like that, they can go in there and take as much money from your bank account as possible," she warns.
That's why she suggests checking your bank accounts several times a week for unusual activity, and to add an extra layer of safety, closing your bank account and opening a new one altogether.
"Your credit card number is linked to your social security to everything else; to an address. So it may not stop at money wise,” says Jimenez. “ It can be addresses, and stuff like that."
Affinity Gaming discovered the intrusion when law enforcement linked fraudulent charges to a data breach. The company says its system is now secure, but encourages patrons to take steps to protect their financial information.
The company has established a confidential inquiry line at 877-238-2179 for those who may have been affected.
If you do find that you've been a victim of fraud or identity theft, Jimenez says to close your bank account and file a report with the police and the Federal Trade Commission.