Posted On January 8, 2023 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
January 8, 2023 – The Robins & Morton Group filed notice of a data breach with the Attorney General of Montana on December 22, 2022 after discovering that consumer information had been accessed by an unauthorized party. According to the filing, information accessed included consumers’ first and last names and Social Security numbers. Once Robins & Morton confirmed the data breach, it sent notification letters to all victims.
The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are committed to investigating the breach at Robins & Morton Group. We are offering free consultations to any individual affected by the attack to learn more about their options for financial compensation from the company and what they can do to protect themselves in the future.
The Robins & Morton Group is a residential and commercial construction company. Originally founded in 1946 in Birmingham, Alabama. Robins & Morton now operates in several US cities, such as San Antonio, Tampa, Orlando, Nashville, Miami, Dallas, Huntsville, Charlotte, Spartanburg, and Raleigh-Durham. The company employs more than 1,192 people and generates approximately $522 million in revenue annually from its construction projects spanning many states in over a decade.
According to filings with several attorney generals’ offices, Robins & Morton became aware of the breach on October 17, 2022 after a data security incident. After ensuring that its computer network was secure, Robins & Morton enlisted the help of an outside source in the form of cybersecurity specialists to investigate the attack. The investigation revealed that, on October 16, 2022, its computer system had, in fact, been accessed by an unauthorized party and that consumer information, such as full names and Social Security numbers, had been leaked.
On December 22, 2022, Robins & Morton sent out notification letters of the breach to all affected individuals. Per the Texas Attorney General reports, there were 1,540 victims in Texas alone, though the total number of victims is still unknown.
The Robins & Morton Group must send a notification letter to all individuals affected by the data breach. If you are one of the victims of the leak, your information may now be in the hands of criminals looking to commit crimes such as identity theft with your information. To ensure that your information is safe and cannot be used for such nefarious purposes, we have compiled a list of steps for you to take immediately following a breach. The list is not comprehensive, and if your Social Security number has been compromised, you may wish to take additional steps.
The notification letter sent by Robins & Morton contains pertinent information such as how the attack happened, what the company is doing to ensure there are no future leaks, and whether there has been any identity theft or fraud to any individuals affected by the attack.
In light of the breach, Robins & Morton are offering all affected individuals free credit monitoring services. Credit monitoring is a service that typically costs $20-$40 a month, so take advantage of the opportunity offered by the company. Accepting free credit monitoring services will not disqualify you from pursuing a lawsuit against the company.
Unlike credit monitoring, major credit bureaus offer fraud alerts and credit freezes free of charge. A fraud alert will alert companies checking your credit to anyone looking to commit fraud with your information. A credit freeze will require prior approval before any company can check your credit.
Once your information is in the hands of a criminal, they won’t wait long to exploit it. Doing so would give victims a chance to close or freeze their accounts. However, the information they access will not always be enough to commit their crimes, so they will hold onto it until they can gather all the information needed. So you should continue monitoring your accounts for weeks or months after the leak to ensure it won’t be used later on.
The consumer privacy lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. help customers affected by data and security breaches pursue legal solutions by offering free consultations. By explaining your rights in clear, concise terms, we help you make an informed decision about your next steps. If you are a victim of the Robins & Morton Group data breach, Console & Associates, P.C. will investigate at no charge to you and offer advice on how to proceed. If you decide to pursue a case, rest assured that we don’t get paid unless you do. If your claim is successful, legal fees are either paid out of the funds recovered or by the defendant. If your claim is not successful, you pay nothing.