Grow Financial Data Breach Includes Social Security Numbers

By
Will Gendron
Mar 12, 2024 12:12 AM
The recent data breach at Grow Financial Federal Credit Union has affected 1,635 individuals, exposing sensitive information including Social Security Numbers. This article provides crucial information for those affected, detailing potential risks, steps to protect personal information, and resources for further assistance.

Understanding the Grow Financial Data Breach

Recently, Grow Financial Federal Credit Union, a prominent banking institution serving around 200,000 members, experienced a significant data breach. On January 22, 2024, the credit union discovered unauthorized access to their systems, which resulted in the exposure of sensitive consumer information, including Social Security Numbers.

Details of the Breach

The breach was disclosed to the Attorney General's office in Maine, and it has been reported that a total of 1,635 individuals in the United States have been affected by this incident, with one reported case in Maine. Grow Financial took steps to notify affected consumers by written notice on March 11, 2024, the same day the breach was made public.

What You Need to Know

If you are a member of Grow Financial, it is crucial to understand the potential risks and take immediate action to protect your personal information. The exposure of Social Security Numbers can lead to identity theft and other forms of fraud. Therefore, it's essential to remain vigilant and monitor your credit reports and financial statements for any unusual activity.

Steps to Take if You Are Affected

  1. Review Your Accounts: Regularly check your bank statements and credit reports for any unauthorized transactions or changes.
  2. Place a Fraud Alert: Contact one of the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion) to place a free fraud alert on your credit reports.
  3. Consider a Credit Freeze: A credit freeze will restrict access to your credit report, making it more difficult for identity thieves to open new accounts in your name.
  4. Report to Authorities: If you suspect any fraudulent activity, report it immediately to your bank, credit card companies, and law enforcement.
  5. Stay Informed: Keep up to date with any additional information provided by Grow Financial regarding the breach.

For more details on the breach, you can view the disclosure on the Maine Attorney General's website. Additionally, Grow Financial's website provides resources and contact information for members seeking assistance. Visit Grow Financial for further support.

Conclusion

The recent data breach at Grow Financial Federal Credit Union serves as a reminder of the importance of safeguarding personal information. Affected individuals should take proactive steps to protect their identity and remain alert for any signs of fraudulent activity. By staying informed and taking appropriate action, you can mitigate the risks associated with this data breach.

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