Recently, a friend sent me the following E-mail from Senator Barbara Boxer (D) California...
We recently learned of a major data breach at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that may have put the personal information of millions of current and former federal employees at risk.
In the last several years, we have seen similar large-scale breaches at companies like Anthem, Sony and Target that have affected millions of Americans. As a result of this alarming trend, it is more important than ever to take proactive steps to ensure you and your family are protected from identity theft.
- Monitor your credit regularly and report any suspicious activity to your financial institution. You can request a free credit report from www.AnnualCreditReport.com, or by calling 1-877-322-8228.
- If you are worried your account has been compromised, you can set up a fraud alert on your credit profile by calling TransUnion at 1-800-680-7289. This requires creditors to contact you before opening any new lines of credit under your name.
- Protect yourself from common attempts to steal your information. Be cautious of unsolicited emails asking for sensitive information like your Social Security Number or banking information. If an email looks suspicious, do not click any of the links or download the attachments. Also remember that federal agencies like the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will never request your personal or financial information via email.
- Ensure that your computer has the latest software updates and anti-virus protection.
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