So you stayed at a Starwood hotel: Tips on data breach

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NEW YORK (AP) – If you stayed at one of Marriott’s Starwood hotels recently, hackers might have information on your address, credit card and even your passport. Some of this can be used for identity theft, as hackers create bank and other accounts under your name.

The breach affects only the hotel brands operated by Starwood before Marriott bought it in 2016. That includes W Hotels, St. Regis, Sheraton, Westin and Four Points. Starwood-branded timeshare properties are also affected. Marriott-branded chains aren’t affected, as data on those stays are on a different network.

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Marriott says the breach affected reservations at Starwood properties through Sept. 10, 2018. That could include reservations made for a future stay.

Marriott is emailing affected guests, though be careful about scams. If you get such an email, instead of clicking on anything, check Marriott’s information site at answers.kroll.com to find out what to do.