Radisson® Hotels & Resorts
Frequently Asked Questions
What happened? When did it happen?
Between November 2008 and May 2009, the computer systems of some Radisson® hotels in the U.S. and Canada were accessed without authorization. This unauthorized access was in violation of both civil and criminal laws. Radisson has been coordinating with federal law enforcement to assist in their investigation of this incident.
Why didn't you notify me sooner?
Working closely with law enforcement and forensic investigators, it has taken some time to analyze the origins and extent of the unauthorized access.
What specific types of my personal information were involved?
In general, the accessed computer systems contained guest information such as the name printed on a credit or debit card, the number on a credit or debit card, and the expiration date on the card. We do not know, however, whether your particular name, credit or debit card number, or card expiration date were in fact was accessed or taken. The forensic investigation is still underway.
Will my personal information be safe if I stay at a Radisson® hotel?
Radisson deeply values your privacy, and has implemented additional security measures designed to prevent a recurrence of such an attack and to protect guest privacy. The company also is working closely with major credit card suppliers and federal law enforcement to ensure the incident is properly addressed.
I was planning to stay at the
Radisson® hotel in [particular location]. Was that hotel affected by the data
Since the investigation is still on-going and sensitive, we are not able to comment on particular properties. That said, Radisson has implemented additional security measures designed to prevent a recurrence of such an attack and to protect the guest privacy. The company also is working closely with major credit card suppliers and federal law enforcement to ensure the incident is properly addressed.
There are fraudulent charges
on my credit/debit card. What do I do?
Contact the bank that issued your credit card right away and let them know of the fraudulent charges. They will provide you with instructions on how to dispute the charges so that you are not responsible for paying them if they were in fact unauthorized.
Was my Social Security number
The accessed computer systems did not include Social Security numbers.
Why did you have my personal
This is information that is kept to secure guest hotel reservations and to process purchases at various hotel outlets such as restaurants, etc.
How many hotels and/or
consumers/hotel guests were affected?
At this time we do not know how many properties and/or consumers/guests were affected. The forensic investigation is still underway. We believe at this time it is limited to an isolated number of hotels in the U.S. and Canada.
How did Radisson learn about
the unauthorized access [hacking/security breach]?
We became aware of the unauthorized access through information provided by payment card companies (Visa, MasterCard, etc), and our payment card processors.
What are you doing about the
breach? How will you prevent this from happening in the future?
With support from law enforcement and forensic investigators, we are conducting a thorough review of the potentially affected computer systems for Radisson® hotels, and to ensure the incident is properly addressed. Radisson also has implemented additional security measures designed to prevent a recurrence of such an attack and to protect guest privacy.
Who has been notified?
We have provided general notice to consumers through various media outlets, this website, and, in certain circumstances where the consumer could be identified, through a letter to the consumer. Additionally, we have notified law enforcement, the credit reporting agencies, the payment card companies - who are working with us to conduct the investigation - and our bank of the incident.
did not receive a letter, how will I know if I was affected?
Not all Radisson® hotels were affected, but if you would like additional information on this incident, and/or more information on measures to guard against identity theft, please contact Radisson at (866) 584-9255 CST between 7 a.m.-11 p.m. daily, or review the additional materials and information provided on this website.
Does this mean that I'm a
victim of identity theft?
No. The fact that someone may have had access to personal information does not mean that you are a victim of identity theft, or that the personal information will be used to commit fraud. We wanted to let you know about the incident so that you can take appropriate steps to protect yourself, such as by reviewing your account statements and credit report closely for unauthorized activity, and reporting any unauthorized activity to your credit card company. You may also wish to consider placing a fraud alert or security freeze on your credit files.
How will I know if any of my
personal information was used by someone else?
You can take appropriate steps to protect yourself by reviewing your account statements and credit report closely for unauthorized activity, and reporting any unauthorized activity to your credit card company.
Do I have to pay for the
No. You can order your credit reports from all three credit bureaus for free once a year. You can do this online at www.annualcreditreport.com, or by phone at 1-877-322-8228.
In addition, Radisson has arranged with Equifax Personal Solutions to provide eligible Radisson guests with free credit monitoring for one year if the guest enrolls by November 18, 2009.
Am I eligible for free credit
If you stayed at a Radisson® hotel in the U.S. or Canada between November 2008 and May 2009, you may be eligible for free credit monitoring. Please call Radisson at (866) 584-9255 between 7 a.m. - 11p.m. CST daily for more information and verification of eligibility.
How long does it take to
receive my credit reports?
You can view your reports online if you order them at www.annualcreditreport.com. If you order by phone, you should receive the reports by mail in five to ten days.
What should I look for on my
Look for any accounts that you don't recognize, especially recently opened accounts. Look at the inquiries or requests section for names of creditors from whom you haven't requested credit. Look in the personal information section for addresses where you've never lived. Any of these things might be indications of fraud. Also be on the alert for other possible signs of identity theft, such as calls from creditors or debt collectors about bills that you don't recognize, or unusual charges on your credit card bills.
Note that some kinds of inquiries, labeled something like "promotional inquiries," are for unsolicited offers of credit, mostly from companies with whom you do business. Don't be concerned about those inquiries as a sign of fraud. (You are automatically removed from lists to receive unsolicited pre-approved credit offers when you put a fraud alert on your account. You can also stop those offers by calling 888-5OPTOUT.)
What steps can I take to
further protect my information?
As a precautionary measure, we recommend that consumers review their account statements and credit reports closely. If you detect any suspicious activity on an account, you should promptly notify the financial institution or company with which the account is maintained. You also should promptly report any fraudulent activity or any suspected incidence of identity theft to proper law enforcement authorities, your state attorney general, or the Federal Trade Commission.
In addition, you may wish to review the tips provided by the Federal Trade Commission on how to avoid identity theft. For more information, please visit http://www.ftc.gov/idtheft or call 1-877-ID-THEFT (877-438-4338). Maryland residents may also wish to review information provided by the Maryland Attorney General on how to avoid identity theft at http://www.oag.state.md.us/idtheft, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 410-576-6491.
How often should I order new
credit reports and how long should I continue ordering them?
We recommend checking your credit reports at least twice a year as a general privacy protection measure. In the short term, you may want to review them more frequently, such as every three months.
Should I place a fraud alert
on my credit report? How can I do that?
You may consider placing a fraud alert on your credit report. This fraud alert statement informs creditors to possible fraudulent activity within your report and requests that the creditor contact you prior to establishing any accounts in your name. To place a fraud alert on your credit report, call any one of the three credit bureaus at the numbers provided below and follow the "Fraud Victim" instructions. The one you call will notify the others to place the alert. When you call the credit bureau fraud line, you will be asked for identifying information and will be given the opportunity to enter a phone number for creditors to call. You may want to make this your cell phone number for convenience in responding to such calls.
I called the credit bureau
fraud line and they asked for my Social Security Number. Is it okay to give it
The credit bureaus ask for your Social Security number and other information so that they can identify you and avoid sending your credit report to the wrong person. It is okay to give this information to the credit bureau that you call.
Do I have to call all three
No. If you call just one of the bureaus, they will notify the other two. A fraud alert will be placed on your file with all three and you will receive a confirming letter from all three.
Why can't I talk to someone at
the credit bureaus?
You must first order your credit reports. When you receive your credit reports, each one will have a phone number you can call to speak with a live person in the bureau's fraud unit. If you see anything on any of your reports that looks unusual or that you do not understand, call the number on the report.
What is a fraud alert?
A fraud alert is a message that credit issuers receive when someone applies for new credit in your name. The message tells creditors that there is possible fraud associated with the account. They must take steps to verify the identity of the applicant. For example, they may call you at the phone number you provided when placing the fraud alert.
Will a fraud alert stop me
from using my credit cards?
No. A fraud alert will not stop you from using your existing credit cards or other accounts. Its purpose is to help protect you against an identity thief trying to open credit accounts in your name. It may, however, slow down your ability to get new credit. Credit issuers get a special message alerting them to the possibility of fraud. Creditors know that they should re-verify the identity of the person applying for credit.
How long does a fraud alert
An initial fraud alert lasts 90 days. You can remove an alert by calling the credit bureaus at the phone number given on your credit report. If you want to reinstate the alert, you can do so.
What if I have a fraud alert
on, but I want to apply for credit?
You should still be able to get credit. While a fraud alert may slow down the application process, you can prove your identity to a prospective creditor by providing identifying information.
Should I place a security
freeze on my credit file? How?
In some U.S. states, you have the right to put a security freeze on your credit file. This will prevent new credit from being opened in your name without the use of a PIN number that is issued to you when you initiate the freeze. A security freeze is designed to prevent potential creditors from accessing your credit report without your consent. As a result, using a security freeze may interfere with or delay your ability to obtain credit. Additionally, if you request a security freeze from a consumer reporting agency there may be a fee to place, lift, or remove the security freeze. You must separately place a security freeze on your credit file with each credit reporting agency.