I bought a "serious" insect "sweep net" a couple of years ago. I use it to catch butterflies and other insects so I can identify and photograph them.
I went on line and found the net I wanted at BioQuip Products, an entomology equipment supplier I found on the Entomological Society of America's website. Everything was fine until last Friday. The bad news came in the mail.
I almost tossed the letter without opening it. It looked like "junk" mail. But my curiosity got the better of me. Good thing it did.
The letter, dated October 19 was addressed: Dear BioQuip Customer.
Re: Compromise of Credit Card Information.
(Yikes! And to think, I almost tossed it.)
"We are contacting you about a recent incident at BioQuip. We have learned that our computer web server, which contains records of customer purchases, was breached by someone outside the United States, on or about September 14, 2009... as a result, the person... gained access to your name address, phone number, email address, credit card number ... and credit card expiration date... Upon discovering the breach, BioQuip immediately implemented additional security measures..."
This happened two months ago (and probably explains all the junk emails I've been getting in Russian).
The rest of the letter explained what BioQuip is doing, and what I should do (call my card issuer and add a 90-day fraud alert to my credit files at Experian, Equifax and TransUnion - then check my credit reports regularly).
I guess I've been lucky - so far.