A data breach at the Office of Personnel Management has occurred impacting some current and former federal employees. If your information was exposed, then OPM will send you a letter explaining what information was involved. If you have an e-mail address, the OPM will send you an e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org instead of a letter. If your Social Security number has been exposed, consider filing a credit freeze with all three, major credit reporting agencies so thieves cannot use your Social Security number to open new accounts. If your bank account, credit card or debit card information has been exposed, call your credit company or bank and cancel your card or close your bank account. Request a new account number. For updates about the breach, check the OPM website at www.opm.gov. For more information about what to do after a data breach, visit the IdentityTheft.gov website at Identitytheft.gov/databreach and the Federal Trade Commission website at www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/opm-data-breach-what-should-you-do. Remember to continue monitoring your credit report at annualcreditreport.com. If you discover that someone is misusing your information, visit IdentityTheft.gov for additional steps you will need to take.
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