Coleman Professional Services Inc. Data Breach

By
Will Gendron
Mar 7, 2024 2:13 PM
The Coleman Professional Services data breach affected 51,889 people, exposing sensitive personal information including Social Security Numbers. If you're affected, it's crucial to monitor your accounts, consider credit freezes or fraud alerts, and seek legal advice. You may be entitled to join a class action lawsuit for compensation.

What Happened?

Coleman Professional Services confirms unauthorized access had been gained to several of their employees' email accounts. This breach was first detected on January 29, 2024, and upon investigation, it was revealed that the unauthorized access occurred between September 18, 2023, and October 31, 2023. It remains unclear if specific emails or attachments were directly accessed or obtained by the unauthorized party.

The email accounts in question contained sensitive personal information, including Social Security Numbers. Although there is currently no evidence that this information has been misused, the presence of personal data within the compromised accounts raises significant concerns.

What Information Was Involved?

The breached data primarily included Social Security Numbers among other personal details. Given the nature of the information, the potential for identity theft and fraud is considerable, although, as of now, there have been no reports of such activities stemming from this incident.

What Is Being Done?

Coleman Professional Services has taken several steps to address and mitigate the breach. Immediately upon discovering the unauthorized access, the company secured the affected email accounts by resetting passwords and implementing enhanced security measures to prevent future incidents. An extensive review of the email contents was conducted to ascertain the scope of the data exposure.

Furthermore, Coleman Professional Services has engaged with Kroll to offer affected individuals one year of complimentary identity monitoring services. These services include Credit Monitoring, Fraud Consultation, and Identity Theft Restoration, which are crucial in safeguarding against potential identity theft.

What You Can Do

If you believe you might be affected by this breach, it is recommended to remain vigilant by monitoring your financial accounts and credit reports for any unusual activity. You are entitled to a free credit report annually from each of the major credit bureaus, which can be accessed through AnnualCreditReport.com.

Moreover, consider placing a fraud alert or a security freeze on your credit reports. This action makes it harder for identity thieves to open accounts in your name by requiring businesses to take extra steps to verify your identity before issuing credit.

For detailed instructions on how to set up these services, please visit the websites of the major credit bureaus:

Additionally, affected individuals can activate their complimentary identity monitoring services provided by Kroll by visiting Kroll's enrollment page.

For More Information

For further questions or assistance, individuals are encouraged to contact the company's dedicated support team, available from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

For more details about the breach and to view the official notice, please visit the Maine Attorney General's website.

By taking the steps outlined above, you can help protect your personal information from potential misuse following this data breach.

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