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AG: Home Depot Data Breach May Stretch Back to April

The RIAG warns a recent data breach at Home Depot may reach as far back as April 2014.
The RIAG warns a recent data breach at Home Depot may reach as far back as April 2014.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is urging all Rhode Islanders who have shopped at any of Home Depot’s locations since April to monitor their banking and credit card accounts and sign up for the free year of credit monitoring that the company is offering.

The company operates 2,200 U.S. stores, including the one at 80 Universal Blvd. in Warwick.

Information on the scope of the data breach has not yet been released, but Home Depot issued a statement Tuesday indicating that the cyber attack may have affected transactions as far back as April 2014 and could affect all of The Home Depot’s 2,200 U.S. stores.

Attorney General Kilmartin confirmed a multistate investigation of attorneys general into the data breach to identify the circumstances and cause of breach, as well as how The Home Depot handles the impact on shoppers.

The Home Depot is offering free identity protection services, including credit monitoring, to any customer who used a payment card at a Home Depot store in 2014 from April on. Consumers who wish to take advantage of these services can learn more at or by calling 1-800-HOMEDEPOT (800-466-3337).

“While law enforcement and The Home Depot continue to dig into who is responsible for this breach and how many customers are impacted, the best thing for consumers is to be their own credit monitor by checking accounts daily for fraudulent or suspicious charges and report those to their financial institution immediately,” said Attorney General Kilmartin.

Attorney General Kilmartin offered the following information to consumers who may have shopped at The Home Depot since April:

  • Check your debit and credit card accounts daily online. If you discover any suspicious or unusual activity on your accounts or suspect fraud, report it immediately to your financial institutions.
  • If you shopped at The Home Depot since April, sign up for the free credit monitoring and fraud alert offered by the company. A fraud alert can make it more difficult for someone to get credit in your name because it tells creditors to follow certain procedures to protect you, but it also may delay your ability to obtain credit.
  • In addition to the free credit monitoring offered by The Home Depot, under federal law, you are entitled to one free copy of your credit report every 12 months from each of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies.  You may obtain a free copy of your credit report by going to or by calling (877) 322-8228.

Concerned shoppers can contact the nationwide credit reporting agencies at:

Equifax                 Experian                        TransUnion

(800) 525-6285         (888) 397-3742           (800) 680-7289             


Rob Borkowski
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