Tuesday, October 06, 2015

T-Mobile Fraud Alert For 15 Million Customers

Credit Company Records Breached For T-Mobile Customers

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is warning current and former T-Mobile subscribers to be on alert as personal information may have been compromised in a recent breach of an Experian server. Attorney General Bondi is also providing tips to consumers to help guard against financial crimes related to identify theft.

T-Mobile used Experian to run credit checks on applicants for T-Mobile's services. 

The compromised Experian server contained information from credit applications for T-Mobile services from Sept. 1, 2013 – Sept. 16, 2015. The server stored approximately 15 million records, including 1.2 million Floridians’ records. 

Personal information compromised includes: name, address, date of birth, identification number, Social Security number and additional information used in T-Mobile's own credit assessment. At this time, Experian believes no payment card or banking information is involved in the breach.

To guard against identity theft, consumers can follow these tips:

Monitor credit and banking activity to identify any potential unauthorized transactions. If such transactions are found, contact your financial institution immediately;
Consider placing a fraud alert or credit freeze on a credit report. A credit freeze locks down a person's credit report so credit may not be issued until the freeze is lifted. A fraud alert requires creditors to take steps to verify a person's identity before issuing credit in his or her name. 

Service members on active duty may place an active duty alert on their credit, requiring creditors to take steps to verify the service member's identity before issuing credit. 

Call one of the three credit bureaus to place a fraud alert, active duty alert or credit freeze on a credit report or to check a credit report:
-- Equifax: 1 (800) 525-6285
-- Experian: 1 (888) 397-3742
-- Transunion: 1 (800) 680-7289
Keep all receipts to cross-reference credit and banking statements; and Call local law enforcement if suspicious of identity theft.

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