Notice of Data Event
Mansfield Independent School District (“Mansfield ISD”) recently became aware of an event that may impact the security of some information related to certain current and former Mansfield ISD students and staff. Although, to date, we have received no indication of any identity theft or fraud as a result of this event, Mansfield ISD is issuing notice to provide information about the event, our response, and steps potentially impacted individuals can take, if deemed appropriate.
On Aug. 22, 2022, Mansfield ISD first identified irregular activity within our computer network. We immediately launched an investigation, with the assistance of third-party cybersecurity specialists, to determine the nature and scope of the event. The investigation has determined that on or before Aug. 22, 2022, an unauthorized actor gained access to certain Mansfield ISD systems and that information contained within those systems—including information related to current and former students and staff of Mansfield ISD—may have been viewed or taken by the unauthorized actor. Therefore, we conducted a thorough review of the data in our possession to identify individuals with personal information that was potentially impacted. We concluded this review on or about Sept. 7, 2022.
What information was involved?
The information related to students and staff that may have been impacted by this incident includes name, address, and Social Security number or state-issued identification number in lieu of Social Security number. For staff, the potentially impacted information could also include financial account information for payroll purposes and, in certain circumstances, driver’s license number and/or limited medical and health insurance information
What we are doing
The confidentiality, privacy and security of information in our care are among our highest priorities. Upon learning of the event, we moved quickly to investigate and respond to the event, assess the security of our systems and notify potentially affected individuals. Mansfield ISD began mailing notification letters to potentially impacted individuals on Sept. 14, 2022. Mansfield ISD has also notified federal law enforcement of this incident.
What you can do
We encourage potentially impacted individuals to remain vigilant against incidents of identity theft and fraud by reviewing account statements and credit reports for suspicious activity and to report any suspicious activity promptly to the appropriate bank or financial institution. Additional information and resources are included below Steps You Can Take To Protect Personal Information.
For more information
We understand that you may have questions about this event. If you have additional questions, please call the toll-free, dedicated assistance line at 1-844-550-1494, Monday through Friday (8 a.m. – 10 p.m. CST) or Saturday and Sunday (10 a.m. – 7 p.m. CST), excluding major U.S. holidays.
Again, we take the privacy and security of information in our care very seriously and sincerely regret any inconvenience or concern this event may cause.
Steps You Can Take to Protect Personal Information
Monitor Your Accounts
Although minors under the age of eighteen typically do not have credit files, the following information relates to protecting one’s credit once established.
Under U.S. law, a consumer is entitled to one free credit report annually from each of the three major credit reporting bureaus, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. To order your free credit report, visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call toll-free 1-877-322-8228. You may also directly contact the three major credit reporting bureaus listed below 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 credit 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
|Experian Fraud Alert
P.O. Box 9554
Allen, TX 75013
|TransUnion Fraud Alert
P.O. Box 2000
Chester, PA 19016
|Equifax Credit Freeze
P.O. Box 105788
Atlanta, GA 30348-5788
|Experian Credit Freeze
P.O. Box 9554
Allen, TX 75013
|TransUnion Credit Freeze
P.O. Box 160
Woodlyn, PA 19094
You may further educate yourself regarding identity theft, fraud alerts, credit freezes and the steps you can take to protect your personal information by contacting the consumer reporting bureaus, the Federal Trade Commission, or your state Attorney General. The Federal Trade Commission may be reached at: 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20580; www.identitytheft.gov; 1-877-ID-THEFT (1-877-438-4338); and TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The Federal Trade Commission also encourages those who discover that their information has been misused to file a complaint with them. You can obtain further information on how to file such a complaint by way of the contact information listed above. You have the right to file a police report if you ever experience identity theft or fraud. Please note that in order to file a report with law enforcement for identity theft, you will likely need to provide some proof that you have been a victim. Instances of known or suspected identity theft should also be reported to law enforcement and your state Attorney General. This notice has not been delayed by law enforcement.
For District of Columbia residents, the District of Columbia Attorney General may be contacted at: 400 6th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001; 202-727-3400; and oag.dc.gov.
For Maryland residents, the Maryland Attorney General may be contacted at: 200 St. Paul Place, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202; 1-410-528-8662 or 1-888-743-0023; and www.oag.state.md.us. You can obtain information from the Maryland Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission (using the contact information included above) about steps you can take to avoid identity theft. Mansfield Independent School District is located at 605 East Broad Street, Mansfield, TX 76063.
For New Mexico residents, you have rights pursuant to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, such as the right to be told if information in your credit file has been used against you, the right to know what is in your credit file, the right to ask for your credit score, and the right to dispute incomplete or inaccurate information. Further, pursuant to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the consumer reporting bureaus must correct or delete inaccurate, incomplete, or unverifiable information; consumer reporting agencies may not report outdated negative information; access to your file is limited; you must give your consent for credit reports to be provided to employers; you may limit “prescreened” offers of credit and insurance you get based on information in your credit report; and you may seek damages from violator. You may have additional rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act not summarized here. Identity theft victims and active duty military personnel have specific additional rights pursuant to the Fair Credit Reporting Act. We encourage you to review your rights pursuant to the Fair Credit Reporting Act by visiting www.consumerfinance.gov/f/201504_cfpb_summary_your-rights-under-fcra.pdf, or by writing Consumer Response Center, Room 130-A, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580.
For New York residents, the New York Attorney General may be contacted at: Office of the Attorney General, The Capitol, Albany, NY 12224-0341; 1-800-771-7755; or https://ag.ny.gov/.
For North Carolina residents, the North Carolina Attorney General may be contacted at: 9001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-9001; 1-877-566-7226 or 1-919-716-6000; and www.ncdoj.gov.
For Rhode Island residents, the Rhode Island Attorney General may be reached at: 150 South Main Street, Providence, RI 02903; www.riag.ri.gov; and 1-401-274-4400. Under Rhode Island law, you have the right to obtain any police report filed in regard to this incident. There are 2 Rhode Island residents impacted by this incident.