Trump hotels confirm data breach; who's at risk?

Trump International Hotel And Tower, in Chicago, Illinois.
Trump International Hotel And Tower, in Chicago, Illinois. (Getty Images)

Add another big name to the list of companies targeted by hackers in big data breaches.

Donald Trump's luxury hotel chain has confirmed seven of its properties were the target of a data breach. The Trump Hotel Collection says although the breach is confirmed, it's not clear if debit and credit cards of customers have been exposed. Instead, the chain is warning customers so they can protect themselves.

The company says people who used their cards at seven properties between May 19, 2014 and June 2, 2015 may be affected.

The properties include:

Trump SoHo New York, Trump National Doral in Miami, Trump International New York, Trump International Chicago, Trump International Waikiki, Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas and Trump International Toronto.

The Trump Hotel Collection said it has removed the malware that infected its point-of-sale terminals and is reconfiguring its network to make it more secure.

The company is also offering one year of fraud resolution and identity protection services to customers whose information may have been exposed.

Just last week, Hilton Worldwide confirmed Hilton hotels may have been the target of hacks that exposed exposed customer card info.

What to do if you're affected

Working with the Better Business Bureau, Ruth to the Rescue has come up with these guidelines to help you protect your credit or debit cards before, or after, you suspect they've been involved in a breach.

1) Stay calm. Consumers are not liable for fraudulent charges on stolen account numbers.
2) Check with the website of the retailer for the latest information. Type the store name directly into your browser. Do NOT click on a link from an email or social media message.
3) On that note- beware of emails that may come into your inbox, claiming to help you deal with the crisis. Those emails could be fake, hoping you'll click on a dangerous link or share personal information.
4) If your card was compromised, you will likely hear from the bank or card-issuer first. If you have questions, call the customer service number on your card.
5) Consider putting fraud alerts on all your accounts. Check with each bank or financial institution on how to do so. You can usually set a dollar amount that will spark a fraud warning, if the company sees suspicious activity.
6) Monitor all your financial accounts carefully. If you have computer access, try checking your account weekly. Do not wait for the monthly statement.
7) If you see a fraudulent charge, report it to your bank or credit card issuer immediately so the charge can be reversed and a new card issued.
8) Keep receipts so you can prove which charges are legitimate.
9) Be careful about how often you use your debit card. If you debit card is hacked, thieves will be stealing your money, and debit cards do not have the same protections as credit cards. Make sure you know what kind of protection your account will offer.
10) Consider having a "dirty" credit card. This card would be used for all public transaction and online purchases. Ideally, you can pay it off each month, and if it's hacked you'll have better protection. Use your debit card for getting cash, and use other credit cards for major purchases.
11) Change your passwords on financial accounts frequently. Also, make sure you create "strong" passwords that will not be easily guessed.
12) When you hear about a date breach, share that information with family and friends, so they can also follow these steps to protect themselves.

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