For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
Date: July 15, 2005
Wasden Encourages Idahoans To Be Diligent in Protecting Their Personal Financial Information
(Boise) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has sent follow-up information to more than 4,000 Idahoans whose personal information was disclosed due to security breaches at ChoicePoint, Inc. and LexisNexis, two prominent data-brokering companies. Wasden sent letters warning consumers that the breach could expose them to possible identity theft and provided each victim with a copy of the Attorney General’s Identity Theft Manual.
ChoicePoint and LexisNexis have previously informed the Idahoans affected that they can obtain a free credit report and free credit monitoring for a year.
“My office has attempted to provide this information to all the Idahoans whose personal information may have been breached,” Attorney General Wasden said. “However, some correspondence has been returned by the United States Postal Service. Consumers who are concerned that their private information may have been compromised by this security breach should contact ChoicePoint and LexisNexis. I would also urge consumers with questions to contact my Consumer Protection Unit.”
ChoicePoint’s security breach occurred last October when computer hackers accessed the company’s databanks and consumers’ personal information. Consumers’ personal information from data files belonging to Seisent, a subsidiary of LexisNexis, was also accessed illegally.
“Security breaches, such as those involving ChoicePoint and LexisNexis, expose consumers to possible identity theft,” Attorney General Wasden said. “Therefore, it is important for consumers affected by this breach to monitor their credit reports and financial accounts for suspicious activity. If you think you are a victim of identity theft, you should report it to local law enforcement and the Federal Trade Commission.”
“My office provides information about protecting against identity theft and the steps a person will need to take if he or she have become a victim of identity theft,” Wasden said. “I encourage Idahoans to visit my website to obtain a copy of the Identity Theft Manual.”
The Attorney General’s website, which is located at www.ag.idaho.gov, contains information to protect your personal and financial information from unwanted disclosure. Idahoans may also call the Consumer Protection Unit at (208) 334–2424 or toll–free at (800) 432–3545 to request additional information.
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