A few months ago, we received a letter from Citi reporting that our Dividend Platinum Select MasterCard may have been compromised. Accompanying the letter were two new cards, and a note saying that the old cards would stop working shortly.
Fast forward to this morning… I was taking a shower when my wife came in to say that we had received an automated phone call saying pretty much the same things about our Citi Driver’s Edge MasterCard. Apparently our account details “may have been illegally obtained,” and our cards could be at risk for unauthorized use.
After having received that call, I now recall getting new cards in the mail recently. Given that we’ve shelved our Driver’s Edge cards for the time being in favor of what I consider to be the best cash back reward card, I didn’t look at them too closely when they arrived. I just figured that our old cards had expired, and they were sending new ones.
Assuming that the note enclosed with this this round of new cards is anything like the previous one, I need to activate soon, or our account will automatically be closed. After that, I’ll just toss them in the back of my sock drawer in place of the old cards.
As an aside, I’m really curious as to who’s at fault for these problems. Presumably some merchant databases got hacked, but Citi isn’t telling us who was involved.