In light of a data breach that may have impacted more than 430,000 residents, Better Business Bureau® of Central Oklahoma is offering advice to those concerned that their personal identifying information (PII) may have been compromised.
“PII includes name, address, Social Security number, date of birth, and other information that can be used for identity theft,” said Kitt Letcher, president and CEO of BBB. “An initial breach might not be the only way in which scammers would try to steal your identity. In fact, this might be the first stage of an ongoing scam targeting Oklahomans.”
Letcher explained that when a data breach happens, companies often set up separate websites with information for customers, but BBB recommends that consumers always go to a company’s main website first and follow links from there. Scammers often take advantage of data breaches and subsequent confusion to set up spoof websites and send phishing emails.
“We know that American Job Link Alliance, the information technology provider impacted by the breach, is directing users who think their information may have been compromised to contact them via email at AJLAincidentresponse@AJLA.net,” Letcher said.
BBB offered the following tips for those concerned that their PII has been stolen (also available at bbb.org/breach):
BBB also offered this advice for any business or entity that collects consumer’s personal identifying information:
BBB also took the opportunity to remind the public about its upcoming Secure Your ID Day event. Saturday, April 22nd in communities across North America BBB hosts Secure Your ID Day. A key feature of the event is FREE on-site document shredding, plus tips to protect your identity – online and off. BBB of Central Oklahoma, in partnership with Absolute Data Shredding, will host the local event at their Film Row Offices off of California and Dewey from 10AM – 1PM. More information and resources are available at bbb.org/oklahomacity/syid including a records retention schedule and other information to help protect your identity