Data breaches, like the one that hit 106 million of Capital One’s credit card customers and applicants, sometimes spawn spin-off scams.
Beware of emails and phone calls pretending to be from Capital One or the government. Neither will contact people by email or phone seeking Social Security numbers and credit card or account information.
Capital One has posted details about the breach at www.capitalone.com/facts2019/. It also has said it will notify those affected and offer free credit monitoring and identity protection services.