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Submitted by WWAY on Tue, 01/15/2013 - 10:50am.

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Two Zaxby's locations in Wilmington are among dozens of the restaurant chain's stores that may have been victimized by data thieves. In a news release, Zaxby's Franchising, Inc. said some of its locations have identified suspicious files on their systems that may have resulted in unauthorized access to credit and debit card information or have been identified by credit card processing companies as common points of purchase for some fraudulent activity. The list of affected stores includes the ones at 6811 Gordon Road and 4409 S. 17th Street Extension in Wilmington. Zaxby's says it has notified appropriate law enforcement authorities of the potential criminal activity, which is believed to have originated from external sources, and will continue to cooperate with any investigation of this situation. Although the company's investigation has not determined whether credit or debit card data left the processing systems of any of the locations, Zaxby's Franchising, Inc. says it is concerned that the existence of the suspicious files could indicate that an attacker or attackers may have accessed data, including credit and debit card information. The company is working with all of its store locations to implement additional security measures to prevent further intrusions. "Zaxby's Franchising, Inc. takes the security of guest information very seriously and is working closely with the affected store locations to provide notice to potentially affected guests," Zaxby's said in a statement. "Zaxby's Franchising, Inc. encourages all potentially affected guests to monitor their financial accounts for any unauthorized activity and to check their credit scores." Zaxby's says customers can order a free copy of their credit reports by visiting the website www.annualcreditreport.com, by calling (877) 322-8228, or by completing the Annual Credit Report Form at www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/pdf-0093-annual-report-request-form.pdf. Any incident of fraud that guests may identify should promptly be reported to local law enforcement, the appropriate state Attorney General's office, and the Federal Trade Commission. For more information, contact Zaxby's at (877) 739-8599 or visit www.zaxbys.com.

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