NY AG warns T-Mobile customers impacted by data breach of potential identity theft
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A new warning was issued Wednesday for people impacted by the T-Mobile data breach back in August.
New York State Attorney General Letitia James said a large chunk of the information compromised in the breach showed up for sale on the dark web.
T-Mobile reported sensitive personal information from millions of current, former and possible customers was compromised in the breach. More than 4 million New Yorkers are included.
James suggests taking the following steps to protect yourself:
- Monitor your credit. Credit monitoring services track your credit report and alert you whenever a change is made, such as a new account or a large purchase. Most services will notify you within 24 hours of any change to your credit report.
- Consider placing a free credit freeze on your credit report to prevent identity thieves from opening a new credit account in your name while it’s in place. Contact each of the three major credit bureaus to do that:
- Equifax: 888-766-0008 or click here.
- Experian: 888-397-3742 or click here.
- TransUnion: 800-680-7289 or click here.
- Place a fraud alert on your credit report so that lenders and creditors know to take extra steps to verify your identity before issuing credit in your name. You only need to contact one of the three major credit bureaus to do so.
If you believe your identity has been stolen, there are resources online to help you recover it, or you can submit a complaint with the Bureau of Internet and Technology or call 800-771-7755.