Unauthorized access to personal information of DHS TANF clients

A state assessment computer server located at Carl Albert State College (CASC) in Poteau, Oklahoma and maintained by the College has been accessed by an unauthorized source. The server contained State Assessment information that included names and social security numbers of 47,000 current and former Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) clients. CASC contracts with DHS to provide assessment services for TANF clients including educational services, occupational training, vision screening and disability screening.

Although there is no evidence that any data was actually downloaded, CASC is mailing notices to clients who may be impacted as well as posting notice of the breach on the Carl Albert State College website. CASC took immediate steps to secure data, and both DHS and CASC will continue monitoring efforts to ensure this kind of incident does not happen again

No one from DHS or Carl Albert State College will call you or email you to ask for personal information about you or your family member(s). To protect yourself against identify theft, TANF clients may choose to contact the following credit bureaus:

Equifax Experian Trans Union
800-525-6285 888-397-3742 800-680-7289
Fraud Division Credit Fraud Center Fraud Victim Assistance Unit
PO Box 740241 PO Box 9532 PO Box 6790
Atlanta, GA 30374 Allen, TX 75013 Fullerton, CA 92834
www.equifax.com www.experian.com www.transunion.com

Additional information about protecting yourself against identity theft is available on the “Protect Your Identity” page on the DHS website at www.okdhs.org. On the left side of the homepage, see “Quick Links.” Scroll down the alphabetical list to “Protect Your Identity.”