Latest Credit Card Breach VictimsIt turns out that retail stores may not have been the only targets of security breaches last year. White Lodging Services Corporation — a company that manages franchise hotel chains, such as the Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton, Westin and others — is among one of the most recent victims of a security breach which may have revealed customers’ debit and credit cards, as reported by Brian Krebs, former reporter for The Washington Post. The Indiana-based company works with 168 hotels in 21 states, along with more than 30 restaurants, according to the company’s website.

White Lodging said it’s currently investigating the breach and will provide details as it becomes available. It has not announced the number of credit or debit cards impacted by the security breach, however Krebs reported that it’s estimated that the breach occurred from March 2013 to the end of the year.

What can I do to protect myself?

If you stayed at a Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton, Westin or any other brand managed by White Lodging anytime last year then it’s best for you to follow all of the steps detailed below. You can see a complete list of hotels managed by the company on its website. Note that the website does not include a complete list of the restaurants managed by White Lodging, which means you may have still been impacted even if you don’t see the hotel on the site.

1. Check your bank statements: Comb through bank statements dating back to your stay at the hotel or March 2013 if you’re unsure of the dates. Verify that you were the one to complete all of the transactions and report any transactions that are unfamiliar to you as fraudulent transactions. Your bank’s representative will be able to walk you through the fraud-reporting process.

2. Inquire about a new card: Changing your credit or debit card number is an easy way to make sure the thieves no longer have access to your financial information. It’s important to note that most banks will not issue a new debit or credit card until there is confirmed fraudulent activity on an account, however you can always inquire about getting a new debit or credit card because they’ll sometimes make exceptions.

3. Consider signing up for identity theft protection: This is a route that’s recommended by a couple of the major companies impacted by security breaches in 2013, such as Target and Neiman Marcus. These services offer quality identity theft protection that not only monitor your personal information but also your three-bureau credit reports — Experian, TransUnion and Equifax — to make sure your personal information and credit reports stay safe from identity thieves. And the best part is that most of these services offer some sort of free trial that allows you to test out the service prior to making any financial commitment. Visit our identity theft protection reviews to see which service will best fit your needs.