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Attorney General Issues warning about data breach

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood announced Wednesday he and millions of others nationwide are victims of a data breach.  

The Office of Consumer Protection Division has recently received numerous calls regarding a recent data breach reported by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Hood says the data breach could affect more than 21 million people nationwide whose personal information was stolen in a cyber-breach of government security-clearance files.  Hood says he is included in the group.

The breach of personnel files involved personal and career information on 4.2 million current and former federal employees. 

“Data breaches and identity theft continue to cause significant harm to consumers, and full-scale identity theft involving the use of just a Social Security number can cost a consumer $5,100 on average,” said Attorney General Hood. “I am a victim of this hack, too, and I intend to check my credit regularly for at least a decade.”

As a result of the data breach, the OPM is providing identity theft protection and monitoring services to those who were affected and any of their dependent children who were under the age of 18 as of July 1, 2015.

Services include credit and identity monitoring, identity theft insurance, and identity theft restoration for the next three years through ID Experts, a company that specializes in identity theft protection. The services are to last through 2016 in the personnel files case and through 2018 in the clearance files case. The OPM sent out notices to those whose data was stolen.

The OPM has set up a website and phone line for those who believe they should have received a notice but haven't. Consumers can call 800-750-3004 or visit www.opm.gov/cybersecurity.

Consumers can contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-281-4418 if they have a problem with the current number provided by the OPM. Those who did not receive a letter, but think they may have been impacted, can call 1-866-408-4555.

Anyone who suspects they have been a victim of identity theft or any other scam should contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-281-4418 or visit www.agjimhood.com.

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