WARNING: Data Breach Reported by T-Mobile and Experian

By Colby | October 8, 2015 | AG News

WARNING: data breach reported by T-Mobile and Experian affecting at least 15 million users nationwide and at least 89,000 Mississippians.

On September 15, 2015, Experian discovered that an unauthorized party accessed T-Mobile data housed in an Experian server that contained the personal information of more than 15 million T-Mobile users. Information that was breached includes customers’ names, addresses, social security numbers, dates of birth, identification numbers (typically a driver’s license number, military ID, or passport number) and additional information used in T-Mobile’s own credit assessment. According to Experian, the consumer credit database was not accessed in this incident and no payment card or banking information was obtained.

Mississippi residents who applied for service or device financing at T-Mobile USA, Inc. from Sept. 1, 2013 through Sept. 16, 2015 are advised to check their credit history and monitor their accounts. Anyone who receives a letter notifying them that their personal information was compromised or who applied for service during that time period described above could be impacted.

Experian and T-Mobile will offer affected consumers two years of credit monitoring and identity protection services at no cost. Experian will also waive the cost of freezing consumer’s credit to prevent a criminal from taking out a line of credit in a consumer’s name without permission. Visit www.ProtectMyID.com/SecurityIncident http://www.protectmyid.com/SecurityIncident or call Experian at (866)-369-0422 for more information about its credit monitoring.

For maximum protection, it is recommended to have both credit monitoring and a credit freeze in place.  Credit monitoring alerts consumers to fraud after the fact, so it’s better to also have a credit freeze already in place. A credit freeze requires the consumer to be contacted before a new line of credit is opened.

We encourage impacted consumers to seek credit freezes as soon as possible, as well as take advantage of credit monitoring services.

If you believe you are a victim of identity theft or any other scam, contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 601-359-4230 or toll free at 1-800-281-4418. Additional resources about protecting your identity can be found at http://www.agjimhood.com/.