Posted On August 9, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
August 9, 2022 – American Wholesale Furniture reported a data breach after the company was targeted in a recent cybersecurity attack. As a result of the breach, the full name and other unreported data types of certain individuals was compromised. On August 5, 2022, American Wholesale Furniture sent out data breach letters to those individuals whose information was affected by the breach.
The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are going to begin interviewing victims of the breach to determine what damages they sustained and what legal claims may be available to them. If you recently received a NOTICE OF DATA BREACH from American Wholesale Furniture, contact us at (866) 778-5500 to discuss your legal options, or submit a confidential contact form for a free case evaluation.
Below is a portion of the letter that American Wholesale Furniture sent to individuals affected by the data breach:
American Wholesale Furniture (“AWF”) is writing to inform you of a recent cybersecurity incident (the “Incident”) that involved some of your personal information. This letter contains details about the Incident, steps we have taken in response, and services we are making available to you.
On or around March 9, 2022, AWF learned it had become a victim of a cybersecurity incident which may have resulted in unauthorized access to your Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”). After learning about the potential unauthorized access, AWF immediately launched an investigation to review the impacted email accounts in order to learn more about the scope and extent of the incident, and whether PII may have been exposed.
The investigation was completed on July 3, 2022, at which time AWF was able to identify the affected notice population.
What Information Was Involved?
The investigation confirmed that personal information stored in one (1) email account may have been subject to unauthorized access. The data contained in this system may include full name in combination with [Redacted].
While AWF has no reason to believe that any individual’s information has been misused, we are nonetheless notifying individuals out of an abundance of caution.
What We Are Doing
AWF takes the security of your personal information very seriously, and has taken steps to prevent a similar event from occurring in the future. Since the incident, AWF has reset all passwords and implemented multi-factor authentication.
In order to help relieve concerns and restore confidence following this incident, we are providing you with access to Single Bureau Credit Monitoring services at no charge. These services provide you with alerts for twelve months from the date of enrollment when changes occur to your credit file. This notification is sent to you the same day that the change or update takes place with the bureau. In addition, we are providing you with proactive fraud assistance to help with any questions that you might have or in the event that you become a victim of fraud. These services will be provided by Cyberscout through Identity Force, a TransUnion company specializing in fraud assistance and remediation services.
To enroll in Credit Monitoring* services at no charge, please log on to [Redacted] and follow the instructions provided. When prompted please provide the following unique code to receive services: [Redacted]. In order for you to receive the monitoring services described above, you must enroll within 90 days from the date of this letter.
The enrollment requires an internet connection and email account and may not be available to minors under the age of 18 years of age. Please note that when signing up for monitoring services, you may be asked to verify personal information for your own protection to confirm your identity.
The protection of your information is a top priority, and we sincerely regret any concern or inconvenience that this incident may cause you. We remain dedicated to maintaining the security and protection of your information.
What You Can Do
Although we are not aware of any instances of misuse of personal information, we recommend that you take advantage of the complimentary credit monitoring and identity theft protection services out of an abundance of caution. Instructions on how to do so are included in the materials enclosed with this letter. We encourage you to remain vigilant and review the enclosed addendum outlining additional steps you can take to protect your personal information. If you have any questions or want to enroll in the complimentary identity monitoring services, please follow the instructions below.
For More Information
AWF recognizes that you may have questions not addressed in this letter. If you have additional questions, please call 1-800-405-6108 (toll free) during the hours of 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday (excluding U.S. national holidays). Please do not call American Wholesale Furniture directly.
AWF sincerely regrets any inconvenience or concern that this matter may cause, and remains dedicated to ensuring the privacy and security of all information in our control.