La. OMV offering free identity theft protection until Oct. 31 due to cyber attack
Information provided by the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles:
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles is encouraging all residents affected by the MoveIT data breach to enroll in the complimentary LifeLock Standard identity protection before October 31, 2023. In an ongoing effort to safeguard the personal information and financial well-being of citizens, OMV is offering this valuable resource to help protect against identity theft and fraud. To activate a membership online and get protection at no cost for one year, visit nextsteps.la.gov/enrollment. Residents under the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian call (866) 861-8717 for additional questions. The call center is open twenty-four hours per day and seven days a week.
OMV encourages all Louisianans whose information was involved in this incident to monitor for the possibility of fraud and identity theft by reviewing your financial statements and credit reports for any unauthorized activity. If you notice any unauthorized activity, contact the relevant financial institution or the credit bureau reporting the activity immediately. To help prevent something like this from happening again, safeguards and technical security measures were implemented to further protect and monitor the MOVEIt environment.
Additionally, residents can utilize the steps below to mitigate the risk of identity theft.
Step 1. Freeze Your Credit
Step 2. Change All Passwords
Step 3. Protect Your Tax Refund and Returns with the Internal Revenue Service
Step 4. Check your Social Security Benefits
Step 5. Report Suspected Identity Theft
Step 6. Monitoring Additional Government Benefits
Please remain vigilant for attempted scams, phishing efforts, or communications from unknown sources, and report any such activity to Louisiana State Analytical and Fusion Exchange Center at 1-800-434-8007. The state remains in contact with the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to ensure that any new intelligence or resources are made available to Louisiana’s citizens.
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