Weiss Zarett Brofman Sonnenklar & Levy P.C. (“WZ”), is providing notice of a recent data privacy event that may have affected certain personal information. The confidentiality, privacy, and security of information is one of WZ’s highest priorities and WZ takes this matter seriously.
WZ recently became aware of suspicious activity in an employee’s email account. WZ immediately launched an investigation, with the assistance of third-party forensic specialists, to determine the nature and scope of the activity. The investigation determined that there was unauthorized access to the affected account from February 17, 2021 to April 4, 2021. However, WZ was unable to determine which, if any, emails and attachments in the email account were subject to unauthorized access. Therefore, WZ reviewed the contents of the affected account to determine what, if any, sensitive information was contained within it. On September 15, 2021, WZ’s review determined that the account contained certain information related to certain individuals. Since that time, WZ has been diligently reviewing its records in an attempt to find addresses for all potentially impacted individuals. WZ began notifying individuals whose information was impacted on February 28, 2022.
WZ determined that the information impacted by this event varied by individual but may include certain individuals’ names, addresses, Social Security number, driver’s license number, and financial account information.
WZ encourages individuals to review the information below related to “Steps Individuals Can Take to Help Protect Against Identity Theft and Fraud.” In addition, additional information about the event and steps potentially affected individuals can take to better protect against possible misuse of information.
STEPS INDIVIDUALS CAN TAKE TO HELP PROTECT AGAINST IDENTITY THEFT AND FRAUD
WZ encourages individuals to remain vigilant against incidents of identity theft and fraud, to review account statements, and to monitor credit reports for suspicious activity and to detect error. Under U.S. law, a consumer is entitled to one free credit report annually from each of the three major credit reporting bureaus, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. To order your free credit report, visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call, toll-free, 1-877-322-8228. You may also directly contact the three major credit reporting bureaus listed below to request a free copy of your credit report.
Consumers have the right to place an initial or extended “fraud alert” on a credit file at no cost. An initial fraud alert is a 1-year alert that is placed on a consumer’s credit file. Upon seeing a fraud alert display on a consumer’s credit file, a business is required to take steps to verify the consumer’s identity before extending new credit. If you are a victim of identity theft, you are entitled to an extended fraud alert, which is a fraud alert lasting seven years. Should you wish to place a fraud alert, please contact any one of the three major credit reporting bureaus listed below.
As an alternative to a fraud alert, consumers have the right to place a “credit freeze” on a credit report, which will prohibit a credit bureau from releasing information in the credit report without the consumer’s express authorization. The credit freeze is designed to prevent credit, loans, and services from being approved in your name without your consent. However, you should be aware that using a credit freeze to take control over who gets access to the personal and financial information in your credit report may delay, interfere with, or prohibit the timely approval of any subsequent request or application you make regarding a new loan, credit, mortgage, or any other account involving the extension of credit. Pursuant to federal law, you cannot be charged to place or lift a credit freeze on your credit report. To request a security freeze, you will need to provide the following information: