Are you at risk? FEMA data spill exposes 3 million people
Social security numbers, banking information and home addresses, FEMA is the agency supposed to help when disaster strikes. But the agency recently put millions of people at risk.
A data spill with an unknown contractor exposed personal data from 3 million people.
If you’re a victim of hurricanes Irma, Harvey or Maria and used FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, your information could be vulnerable.
“Something that you always need to do is be watchful of your bank account and your statements and your credit card statements,” said Heather Turco with Lee County Sheriff’s Office. “That’s something we recommend off the top. Always check and make sure any kind of spending is your spending and not someone else’s spending.”
There were more than 2.5 million reports of fraud in 2017. Losses amounted to about $1 billion.
Keep up on fraud alerts, and report attempts to the FBI or law enforcement. This problem is not going away, and there are plenty of places to get tips.
- FDLE: Compromised Identity Services
- USAGov: Identity Theft
- FTC: Annual Summary of Complaints Reported by Consumers
- FBI: Internet Crime Complaint Center