NOTIFICATION OF PRIOR DATA SECURITY INCIDENT
Premier Southwest Planning Group, LLC (“Premier Southwest” or “the Company”) is providing notice of a recent IT incident that may affect the security of client personal information. There is no evidence that any information has been misused in any way. However, in an abundance of caution, Premier Southwest Planning Group, LLC is notifying impacted individuals of the IT incident and offering resources to protect any affected individual’s personal information.
On or about April 17, 2023, Premier Southwest became aware of potentially malicious activity on a company email account. Upon discovery, the Company immediately secured the email account and launched an investigation with the help of third-party IT forensic investigators to determine the scope and extent of unauthorized access and whether any sensitive information was affected. The investigation revealed that the IT incident began on or about March 15, 2023 and continued until the email was secured on April 17, 2023. On or around April 25, 2023, the investigation determined that it was possible that the entire affected email account in question had been stolen by the criminal and that the compromised email account may have contained personal information, including names, telephone numbers, date of birth, mailing addresses, Social Security numbers, and, in some instances, financial account numbers about certain individuals.
In response to this incident, Premier Southwest Planning Group, LLC is providing complimentary credit monitoring and identity theft protection services to the individuals impacted by this incident. Those individuals will receive a letter with instructions on how to access those services, and similar information is available on Premier Southwest Planning Group, LLC website at https://www.premierswplanning.com or you can call (480) 621-3657 for more information.
As part of Premier Southwest Planning Group, LLC ongoing commitment to privacy and data security, following the incident, the company implemented additional safeguards to enhance the privacy and security of the information that the firm works with. The firm is committed to protecting the sensitive information in its care and fostering a culture of privacy.
Fraud Alert Information
Whether or not you enroll in the complimentary credit monitoring offered, we recommend that you place a “Fraud Alert” on your credit file. Fraud Alert messages notify potential credit grantors to verify your identification before extending credit in your name in case someone is using your information without your consent. A Fraud Alert can make it more difficult for someone to get credit in your name; however, please be aware that it also may delay your ability to obtain credit. For those in the military who want to protect their credit while deployed, an Active Duty Military Fraud Alert lasts for one year and can be renewed for the length of your deployment. Call only one of the following three nationwide credit reporting companies to place your Fraud Alert: TransUnion, Equifax, or Experian. As soon as the credit reporting company confirms your Fraud Alert, they will also forward your alert request to the other two nationwide credit reporting companies so you do not need to contact each of them separately. The contact information for the three nationwide credit reporting companies is:
PO Box 740256
Atlanta, GA 30374
PO Box 2000
Chester, PA 19016
PO Box 9554
Allen, TX 75013
Free Credit Report Information
Under federal law, you are also entitled to one free credit report once every 12 months from each of the above three major nationwide credit reporting companies. Call 1-877-322-8228 or make a request online at www.annualcreditreport.com.
Even if you do not find any suspicious activity on your initial credit reports, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends that you check your credit reports periodically. Victim information sometimes is held for use or shared among a group of thieves at different times. Checking your credit reports periodically can help you spot problems and address them quickly.
If you find suspicious activity on your credit reports or have reason to believe your information is being misused, call your local law enforcement agency and file a police report. Get a copy of the report; many creditors want the information it contains to absolve you of the fraudulent debts. You also should file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at www.identitytheft.gov or at 1-877-ID-THEFT (1-877- 438-4338), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580. Your complaint will be added to the FTC’s Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse, where it will be accessible to law enforcers for their investigations. Also visit the FTC’s website at www.ftc.gov/idtheft to review their free identity theft resources such as their comprehensive step-by-step guide “Identity Theft - A Recovery Plan”. You can obtain further information from the FTC and the nationwide consumer reporting agencies about fraud alerts and security freezes.