Wedge Provides Notice of Data Event
Philadelphia, PA – August 24, 2021. The Wedge Recovery Centers (“The Wedge”) provides notice of a data event.
What Happened. On June 25, 2021, The Wedge identified unusual activity in its computer network. In response, The Wedge investigated the activity to determine its nature and scope. The investigation determined that an unknown actor accessed The Wedge’s network on June 25, 2021, and that certain files may have been downloaded without authorization. Because of this, The Wedge is undertaking a comprehensive review of the files to identify the types of information impacted and the individuals who may be affected and will be notified in due course. The Wedge notes, however, that is has no evidence that any individual’s information was misused as a result of this event.
What Information was Affected. Although the review is ongoing to identify the specific types of information impacted, the following types of information may have been affected by this event: name, address, date of birth, Social Security number, and treatment and health insurance information.
What We Are Doing. The Wedge takes this incident and the security of information in its care very seriously. As part of its ongoing commitment to the privacy of information in its care, The Wedge implemented additional technical security measures. The Wedge is also reviewing and enhancing existing policies and procedures to reduce the likelihood of a similar future event.
What You Can Do. The Wedge encourages individuals to remain vigilant against incidents of identity theft and fraud and to review their account statements and free credit reports for suspicious activity and to detect errors. The Wedge also recommends individuals review the “Steps Individuals Can Take to Help Protect Their Information” section below.
For More Information. Should individuals have questions, they may contact The Wedge at 1-800-611-5148, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (excluding U.S. holidays). Individuals may also write The Wedge Recovery Centers, Attn: Compliance Officer, at 6711 Old York Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19126.
Steps Individuals Can Take to Help Protect Their Information
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 a free credit report, visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call, toll-free, 1-877-322-8228. Individuals may also directly contact the three major credit reporting bureaus listed below to request a free copy of their 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 an individual is a victim of identity theft, the individual is entitled to an extended fraud alert, which is a fraud alert lasting seven years. Should an individual wish to place a fraud alert, the individual may 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 an individual’s name without the individual’s consent. However, individuals should be aware that using a credit freeze to take control over who gets access to the personal and financial information in their credit report may delay, interfere with, or prohibit the timely approval of any subsequent request or application individuals make regarding a new loan, credit, mortgage, or any other account involving the extension of credit. Pursuant to federal law, individuals cannot be charged to place or lift a credit freeze on their credit report. To request a security freeze, individuals may need to provide some or all of 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 an individual is a victim of identity theft.
Should an individual wish to place a credit freeze, the individual may 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|
Individuals may further educate themselves regarding identity theft, fraud alerts, credit freezes, and the steps they can take to protect their personal information by contacting the consumer reporting bureaus, the Federal Trade Commission, or their 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. Individuals can obtain further information on how to file such a complaint by way of the contact information listed above. Individuals have the right to file a police report if they ever experience identity theft or fraud. Please note that in order to file a report with law enforcement for identity theft, individuals will likely need to provide some proof that they have been a victim. Instances of known or suspected identity theft should also be reported to law enforcement and the applicable state Attorney General. This notice has not been delayed by law enforcement.