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Washington State Auditor’s Office Data Breach

By VerityCU February 02, 2021 Covid-19

The Washington State Auditor’s Office (SAO) recently announced that a third-party partner experienced a data breach, meaning the personal information of 1.6 million Washingtonians was exposed. This breach primarily impacts Washington residents who filed for unemployment between January 1st and December 25th, 2020. 

Compromised information may include names, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers and banking information. If your data was exposed in the breach, you will be contacted directly by the SAO and advised on next steps. You can read more information about the breach on the SAO website.

How can you take action to protect yourself today?

  • Ensure that you are enrolled in Digital Banking and reduce paper statements by utilizing Bill Pay and eStatements.
  • If you do not already have a password attached to your account, contact us to set one up to ensure only authorized users can access account information.
  • Review your credit report for any suspicious transactions. Once a year, you can get a free credit report from the three major credit bureaus at annualcreditreport.com
  • Consider placing a fraud alert or freeze on your credit report.
  • Set up alerts on your accounts in Digital Banking to notify you of balance updates, large withdrawals, checks clearing, etc.

If you have any questions, or if you notice any unusual account activity, please contact us immediately.