Identity thief gathered personal information, RI Dept of Labor and Training warns

By Alana Cerrone

acerrone@abc6.com

The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) discovered
Friday that someone had compromised an employer's information to gather personal
information.

The unknown person or persons posed as an employer and used
the DLT's online career portal, EmployRI.org, to contact 350 unaware individuals
and ask that they set up a Yahoo account and send personal information.

The DLT has emailed all affected users to notify them of the
issue and has also sent a letter by mail.

They are also suggesting that any of the 350 contacted
individuals who provided information report a possible breach of security to
three credit reporting agencies – Equifax, Experian and Trans Union. DLT will make
up to three months of credit monitoring services available to impacted
individuals if they do this.

If you were one of the 350 affected individuals, you will have
received the email or mail notification from the DLT.

RI State Police and the Attorney General's Office are
working on the matter.

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