Security Alert: Beware of Capital One Breach and Equifax Settlement Scams

August 2, 2019

by UNH Information Security Services

In the wake of the announcements of the Capital One breach and the Equifax Breach Settlement, scams seeking to exploit these events are being reported.  UNH community members should be vigilant in any dealings online, via phone call, or through email relating to the Capital One breach and/or making a claim in the Equifax settlement.

Capital One Breach

According to the FTC, the breach impacted 100 million people in the United States.  Capital One indicates that most of the stolen information was collected from consumer and small business credit card applications filed between 2005 and early 2019.  The information stolen from applications includes names, dates of birth, addresses, phone numbers, and in a limited number of cases, SSN.  Additionally, information belonging to some Capital One credit card holders, including credit scores, credit limits, balances, payment history, contact information, some transaction data, and SSN, was also stolen.

Capital One will be notifying all impacted individuals via regular mail.  Individuals impacted by the breach WILL NOT be contacted by phone or email.  Do not respond to phone calls or emails claiming to be from Capital One related to this breach. 

For more information on this breach, see Capital One’s FAQ here: https://www.capitalone.com/facts2019/

Equifax Breach Settlement

Immediately following the announcement of the $700 M settlement resulting from the Equifax Breach, phishing emails and fake sites related to making a claim in the settlement started proliferating.  If you would like to make a claim in the settlement, use the links provided on the FTC’s website found here: https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/cases-proceedings/refunds/equifax-data-breach-settlement to ensure the website you are sent to is legitimate.

 

Additional information from the FTC on how to protect your identity can be found here: https://www.identitytheft.gov/Info-Lost-or-Stolen

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