Epilepsy Foundation of Texas (“EFTX”) is notifying certain individuals of a recent event that may impact the privacy of personal and/or medical information. EFTX is unaware of any misuse of the information and is providing notice to potentially affected individuals out of an abundance of caution.
On or around June 8, 2021, the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas discovered fraudulent emails being sent out of an employee email account. Upon discovery, the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas contacted its IT personnel who determined that the email account had been the subject of a phishing attack. The Epilepsy Foundation of Texas quickly acted to remediate and secure the email account. The Epilepsy Foundation of Texas then engaged a cybersecurity forensic firm to determine the contents of the email account. Through the analysis which we received on September 2, 2021, we determined that information related to you was included in the potentially impacted data set. After determining the scope of information in the potentially impacted files, we undertook efforts to locate address information for the affected individuals, put resources in place to assist, and provide this direct notice.
The types of personal information that may have been accessible to an unauthorized actor includes first and last name, date of birth, driver’s license number, medical information, health insurance information, financial account number, social security number, biometric data, payment card number, and username and password.
EFTX takes the security of personal information very seriously. Since discovering this incident, EFTX reviewed and supplemented security protocols.
On October 1, 2021, EFTX began notifying potentially impacted individuals and regulatory authorities as required. While EFTX is unaware of the misuse of any personal information impacted by this event, individuals are encouraged to remain vigilant against incidents of identity theft by reviewing account statements and explanations of benefits for unusual activity. Any suspicious activity should be reported to the appropriate insurance company, health care provider, or financial institution.
Individuals seeking additional information regarding this incident can call EFTX’s dedicated, toll-free number at 866-570-7873, Monday through Friday from *:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Central Time, excluding U.S. holidays. Individuals may also write to EFTX at 2401 Fountain View Drive, Suite 900, Houston Texas 77057. Additional resources available to individuals can be found below.
EFTX is committed to safeguarding personal information and will continue to work to enhance the protections in place to secure the information in its care.
While EFTX, is unaware of any misuse of personal information as a result of this event, individuals are encouraged to remain vigilant against incidents of identity theft and fraud, to review account statements, explanation of benefits, and to monitor credit reports for suspicious activity and to detect errors. Under U.S. law you are entitled to one free credit report annually from each of the three major credit reporting bureaus. To order your free credit report, visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call, toll-free, 1-877-322-8228. You may also contact the three major credit bureaus directly to request a free copy of your credit report.
Consumers have the right to place an initial or extended “fraud alert” on a credit file at no cost. An initial fraud alert is a 1-year alert that is placed on a consumer’s credit file. Upon seeing a fraud alert display on a consumer’s credit file, a business is required to take steps to verify the consumer’s identity before extending new credit. If you are a victim of identity theft, you are entitled to an extended fraud alert, which is a fraud alert lasting seven years. Should you wish to place a fraud alert, please contact any one of the three major credit reporting bureaus listed below.
As an alternative to a fraud alert, consumers have the right to place a “credit freeze” on a credit report, which will prohibit a credit bureau from releasing information in the credit report without the consumer’s express authorization. The credit freeze is designed to prevent credit, loans, and services from being approved in your name without your consent. However, you should be aware that using a credit freeze to take control over who gets access to the personal and financial information in your credit report may delay, interfere with, or prohibit the timely approval of any subsequent request or application you make regarding a new loan, credit, mortgage, or any other account involving the extension of credit. Pursuant to federal law, you cannot be charged to place or lift a credit freeze on your credit report. To request a security freeze, you will need to provide the following information:
- Full name (including middle initial as well as Jr., Sr., II, III, etc.);
- Social Security number;
- Date of birth;
- Addresses for the prior two to five years;
- Proof of current address, such as a current utility bill or telephone bill;
- A legible photocopy of a government-issued identification card (state driver’s license or ID card, etc.); and
- A copy of either the police report, investigative report, or complaint to a law enforcement agency concerning identity theft if you are a victim of identity theft.
Should you wish to place a credit freeze, please contact the three major credit reporting bureaus listed below:
Equifax Fraud Alert, P.O. Box 105069, Atlanta, GA 30348-5069
Equifax Credit Freeze, P.O. Box 105788, Atlanta, GA 30348-5788
Experian Fraud Alert, P.O. Box 9554, Allen, TX 75013
Experian Credit Freeze, P.O. Box 9554, Allen, TX 75013
TransUnion Fraud Alert, P.O. Box 2000, Chester, PA 19016
TransUnion Credit Freeze, P.O. Box 160, Woodlyn, PA 19094