Published: Oct 8 2021 at 4:00 PM CDT|Updated: 6 hours ago
POSTED CITY, NJ, Oct 8 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Plumsted Township reports a recent event on their systems that affects the privacy of certain Plumsted Township Residents. This notification provides information about the event, Plumsted Townships response, and resources available to individuals to help protect their information, should they see fit.
What happened? on or about May 24, 2021, Plumsted Township became aware of suspicious activity related to their email environment. As a result of this, Plumsted Township immediately launched an investigation with the help of outside forensic specialists to assess the security of its systems and the nature and extent of this incident. This investigation has revealed that an unauthorized person has gained access to the Plumsted Township e-mail environment between April 19, 2021 and May 24, 2021. However, they were unable to determine which emails and attachments in the account had been accessed unauthorized. They reviewed the entire contents of the affected email accounts to determine what sensitive information, if any, was affected. on September 2, 2021, Plumsted Townships review determined that the account contained sensitive information and began notifying individuals who may have data affected by this event.
What information was involved? While the specific data elements vary for each potentially affected individual, and it is important to note that no single potentially affected individual would have had all of the data elements listed below in the affected files, the scope of information that may be affected includes: name; address; Citizen service number; date of birth; driver’s license number or state identification number; financial account information; medical history information; and health insurance or group plan number. Plumsted Township is in the process of informing individuals whose information was in play.
How do individuals know if they are affected by this incident? Plumsted Township will send notification letters to those identified as affected. If a person has not received a letter but would like to know if it has been affected, they can call Plumsted Township dedicated helpline, described below.
What does Plumsted Township do? Data privacy and security are among the Plumsted Townships highest priorities, and they have been working on adding further technical safeguards to their environment. As part of Plumsted Townships ongoing commitment to information security, all policies and procedures are reviewed and improved where necessary, and staff are trained to reduce the likelihood of a similar event occurring in the future.
Who should individuals contact for more information? If people have questions or want additional information, they can call Plumsted Township special helpline, 800-559-8305 between 9am and 9pm Eastern Time, Monday till Friday.
What can you do? Plumsted Township encourages individuals to remain vigilant against incidents of identity theft and fraud, view account statements and explanations of benefit forms, check free credit reports for suspicious activity and detect errors. Under US law, individuals are entitled to one free credit report each year from each of the three major credit reporting agencies. To order a free credit report, visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call, toll free, 1-877-322-8228. Individuals can also contact the three major credit bureaus directly to request a free copy of their credit report, post a fraud alert, or place a security freeze. The contact details of the credit bureaus can be found below:
Individuals can further inform themselves about identity theft, fraud alerts, credit freezes and the steps you can take to protect your personal information by contacting the consumer reporting agencies, the Federal Trade Commission or your attorney general. The Federal Trade Commission can be reached at: 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20580; www.identitytheft.gov; 1-877 ID THEFT (1-877-438-4338); and TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The Federal Trade Commission also encourages those who discover that their information has been misused to file a complaint with them. More information on how to make such a complaint can be obtained from the contact details above. You have the right to report to the police if you are ever faced with identity theft or fraud. Keep in mind that if you want to report identity theft to the police, you will probably need to provide some evidence that you have been a victim. Cases of known or suspected identity theft should also be reported to law enforcement and your attorney general. This notification has not been delayed by the police.
In front of Maryland Residents, the Maryland The Attorney General can be reached at: 200 St. Paul Place, Floor 16, Baltimore, Maryland 21202; 1-410-528-8662 or 1-888-743-0023; and www.oag.state.md.us. Plumsted Township is located at 121 Evergreen Rd, New Egypt, New Jersey 08533.
In front of New York Residents, the New York The Attorney General can be reached at: Office of the Attorney General, The Capitol, Albany, New York 12224-0341; 1-800-771-7755; or https://ag.ny.gov/.
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