UNITED STATES POSTAL INSPECTION SERVICE
National Public Information Officer
Postal Inspectors Conduct Data Breach Investigation
The Postal Inspection Service is currently investigating a data breach at two consumer data providers. Postal Inspectors have already notified approximately 300 victims identified through this investigation whose personal identifiers were used in an identity crime.
Approximately 40,000 letters will be sent to affected consumers informing them that their sensitive personally identifiable information may have been viewed by a few individuals who should not have had access to such information.
Postal Inspectors encourage affected consumers to take the following steps:
Since this is an ongoing investigation the U.S. Postal Inspection Service cannot comment further on this particular case. If you are a consumer who receives one of these letters from the data providers, and you identify a fraudulent account which has been opened in your name, please contact the Postal Inspection Service to report this information. The Postal Inspection Service has established a special hot line number for this purpose, and this number is provided on the notification letter you will receive from the data providers.
“The Postal Inspection Service has a long proud tradition of thwarting fraud and identity theft; I am confident the culprits will be brought to justice,” says acting Chief Postal Inspector W.R. Gilligan.
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