WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Did you get one? Letters are going out to people in Connecticut whose personal information was likely compromised in a government data breach. The problem is, scammers are also sending notifications, hoping you’ll give them information instead.
Even if you’ve never have contact with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, it’s possible you’re still included in this cyber security breach. We’ve got your back with how to find out if you are and what you can do to keep your information safe.
Letters like this one from the United States Office of Personnel Management have gone out nationwide to let recipients know their personal information may have been compromised in a massive data breech.
The problem is, the Better Business Bureau is warning you that scammers are also notifying people, with the hopes you’ll let your guard down and give them your personal information to resolve the situation.
“That’s the way bad guys think. Here’s an opportunity, let’s try to exploit it,” said Ibrahim Baggili, a University of New Haven Cyber forensics researcher.
Baggili told News 8 some faculty and staff have also gotten letters and he’s now helping them monitor their identity.
He says now is a good time to update your computer virus scanner and change your passwords.
“If you get hacked in one system then the hacker has the possibility of trying to log in with your e-mail and password into multiple other accounts. So, make sure you change your passwords,” Baggili said.
Here’s how you can tell what’s real:
-OPM will not contact you directly and ask for personal information. You may be asked to confirm information once you initiate contact with them
-E-mails are not being sent out, just letters. Any e-mail that comes to you like this is a scam.
-Check with their verification center to find out for sure if you’ve been impacted.
UNH student Xiaolu Zhang says data breeches like this make him think twice about everything, even downloading apps to his phone.
“They can store your personal information when you install all those applications,” he said.
It’s important to remember, the OPM data breach is real, so if you do think you’ve been impacted, it’s important you contact them to resolve the situation.