Builders Equipment & Tool Company Data Breach

By
Will Gendron
Apr 10, 2024 9:38 AM
Data breach at Builders Equipment & Tool Company affects 2,463 in Texas, exposing SSNs, financial details, and more.

What Happened?

In a recent development that has caught the attention of many, Builders Equipment & Tool Company, a prominent player in the construction industry, has reported a significant data breach. This incident has led to the exposure of sensitive consumer information, including addresses, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, government-issued ID numbers, and financial details such as account numbers and credit or debit card information.

The breach was officially disclosed to the Texas Attorney General's office on April 10, 2024. As a result, a total of 2,463 individuals in Texas have been affected by this security incident. Builders Equipment & Tool Company has taken steps to inform those impacted through U.S. Mail, ensuring that the notice reaches each individual in a timely and secure manner.

For those seeking more information or confirmation of the details, the disclosure can be found on the Texas Attorney General's website. You can review the full report by visiting the official data security breach report.

Next Steps for Affected Individuals

If you believe you might be one of the individuals affected by this data breach, it is crucial to act promptly to protect your personal information. Here are some steps you can take:

  1. Review Your Accounts: Regularly check your bank statements and credit card activity for any unauthorized transactions. If you spot anything suspicious, report it to your financial institution immediately.
  1. Credit Monitoring: Consider enrolling in a credit monitoring service. These services can alert you to changes in your credit report, which could indicate potential fraud.
  2. Credit Freeze: Placing a credit freeze on your files makes it more difficult for someone to open a new account in your name. Remember that a credit freeze does not affect your credit score.
  3. Fraud Alerts: You can place a fraud alert on your credit reports which warns creditors that you may be a victim of identity theft and that they should verify that anyone seeking credit in your name is actually you.
  4. Stay Informed: Keep an eye on communications from Builders Equipment & Tool Company, as they may provide updates or additional support for those affected.
  5. Report Identity Theft: If you suspect that your identity has been stolen, report it to the Federal Trade Commission at IdentityTheft.gov.
  6. Change Passwords: If you have an online account with Builders Equipment & Tool Company, change your password immediately, and ensure that it is strong and unique.
  7. Contact Authorities: If you've been a victim of fraud or identity theft, file a report with your local law enforcement.

Remember, staying informed and taking proactive steps can make a significant difference in securing your personal information. If you have any questions or need additional support, do not hesitate to reach out to the appropriate services.

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