Attorney General Jim Hood said Thursday a recent data breach reported by T-Mobile and Experian affects at least 15 million users nationwide and at least 89,000 in Mississippi.
Experian discovered Sept. 15 that an unauthorized party accessed T-Mobile data housed in an Experian server that contained the personal information of more than 15 million T-Mobile users.
Information that was breached includes customers' names, addresses, social security numbers, dates of birth, identification numbers (typically a driver's license number, military ID or passport number) and additional information used in T-Mobile's own credit assessment.
According to Experian, the consumer credit database was not accessed in this incident and no payment card or banking information was obtained.
Mississippi residents who applied for service or device financing at T-Mobile USA from Sept. 1, 2013 through Sept. 16, 2015 are advised to check their credit history and monitor their accounts. Anyone who receives a letter notifying them that their personal information was compromised or who applied for service during that time period described above could be impacted.
Experian and T-Mobile will offer affected consumers two years of credit monitoring and identity protection services at no cost. Experian will waive the cost of freezing consumer's credit to prevent a criminal from taking out a line of credit in a consumer's name without permission.
"We encourage impacted consumers to seek credit freezes as soon as possible, as well as take advantage of credit monitoring services," Hood said.
Credit monitoring alerts consumers to fraud after the fact, so it's better to also have a credit freeze already in place.
A credit freeze requires the consumer to be contacted before a new line of credit is opened.
VisitProtectMyID.com/SecurityIncident or call Experian at (866) 369-0422 for information about credit monitoring.
Contact the Consumer Protection Division at (800) 281-4418 or visit agjimhood.com for information.