Tennessee AG warns Tennesseans to take precautions after T-Mobile data breach

Names, birthdays, Social Security numbers and driver's license info have been posted on black web

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WDEF) – State Attorney General Herbert Slattery is warning Tennesseans to take precautions from a massive data breach at T-Mobile from last summer.

A large amount of private data has just been put up for sale on the dark web.

That’s where criminals trade in stolen personal information.

It includes names, dates of birth, Social Security Numbers, and driver’s license information.

Slatery says more than 3/4 of a million Tennesseans were hit by the data breech.

He says victims have recently gotten alerts through various identity theft protection services about their info.

Here’s what you can do 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. Identity thieves will not be able to open a new credit account in your name while the freeze is in place. You can place a credit freeze by contacting each of the three major credit bureaus:

 

+1 (888) 766-0008

+1 (888) 397-3742

+1 (800) 680-7289

  • Place a fraud alert on your credit report. A fraud alert tells lenders and creditors to take extra steps to verify your identity before issuing credit. You can place a fraud alert by contacting any one of the three major credit bureaus.

 

  • Additional Resources. If you believe you are a victim of identity theft, go to identitytheft.gov for assistance. In Tennessee you can contact the Identity Crimes Unit at 615-251-5185 or visit www.tn.gov/safety

The Attorney General says we can all learn something from this.

“Don’t wait to protect your personal information,” said General Slatery. “Even if you were not a T-Mobile customer at the time of the breach, you could still be affected because of the large impact on former and prospective T-Mobile customers.  We encourage residents who received notice to heed this alert and take steps to monitor and protect their information for identity theft.”

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