As the Nationwide data breach reaches approximately 1.1 million affected consumers across the country including 98,191 Minnesotans, the Minnesota Department of Commerce reminds Minnesotans the need to take the necessary steps to protect themselves from becoming victims of identity theft.
“Security breaches and identity theft can hit anyone in this digital age,” reminded Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. “Unfortunately, this crime can have wide-sweeping impacts to a family’s economic health. It is very important for consumers to monitor their credit and take all necessary steps to protect their identity.”
Earlier this fall, the Nationwide Insurance network was hacked, resulting in the potential release of personal identification information. The initial analysis indicated that the information included the names and some combination of customers’ Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, birth dates, and possibly other personal information. The breach included information from individuals that had requested insurance quotes online, not only Nationwide and Allied customers.
Thus far, Nationwide reports that there is no evidence that information obtained in the security breach has been misused. Customers of Nationwide and its subsidiaries are eligible to receive free credit report monitoring and identity theft protection for one year.
Consumers that believe they have been affected or have questions about how to receive free credit monitoring and identity theft protection can call Nationwide’s toll-free number: 1-800-760-1125.
Here are important steps consumers should take to monitor and protect themselves from identity theft crimes:
How to recover your identity:
After identity theft occurs, it is critical to document all conversations and correspondence with the companies and agencies helping to reestablish your personal information. Steps to repair your personal information may vary depending on what crime occurred, but in most cases there are a few basic steps to take:
If you believe you are affected by this security breach or have questions or have concerns that you are a victim of identity theft, contact the Minnesota Department of Commerce Consumer Response Team.
Consumer Response Team
Minnesota Department of Commerce
1-800-657-3602 (MN only outside metro area)
Nationwide toll-free hotline: 1-800-760-1125