Safeguarding your personal information is a responsibility WesternU takes very seriously. In addition to strengthening firewalls and intruer detection systems, Network Operations investigates all suspected threats to campus servers and takes immediate action in the event of a security breach. Access to personal information such as Social Security numbers has been restricted to only those with a compelling business need, and such information has been removed from most computer screens and printed reports.
Please exercise caution if you are approached by someone who claims to represent Western University of Health Sciences and asks for personal information. Our university will not contact you and ask for your full Social Security number, bank account or other personal information.
If you believe your personal information has been compromised or identity has been stolen, immediately report it to your local law enforcement agency, creditors, and credit bureaus. Detailed information on first steps to take is available on the identity theft victim page of the California Office of Privacy Protection Web site.
The following links provide useful information for preventing identity theft in the event of a security breach and data exposure.
- California Office of the Attorney General. Identity Theft Registry and Tips for Victims (Also maintains a fraud hotline at (800) 872-MIS-USED.)
- California Office of Privacy Protection. Identity Theft Victim's First Steps and Resources. (You can also call them at (866) 785-9663 to report identify theft.)
- Choosing an Identity Theft Protection Service
- Federal Trade Commission's Identity Theft Site
- U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General. How Students Can Reduce Their Risk of Identity Theft
- U.S. Department of Justice. Identity Theft and Fraud
- U.S. Social Security Administration. Identity Theft and your Social Security Number (Also maintains a fraud hotline at (800) 269-0271.)
- Identity Theft Resource Center
- Privacy Rights Clearing House
You can contact any of the following credit reporting agencies to place a fraud alert on your consumer credit file and order a free copy of your credit report. You need only contact one of these agencies, which will automatically forward the fraud alert to the other two.
Consumer Fraud Division
P.O. Box 740256
Atlanta, GA 30374
Credit Fraud Center
P.O. Box 1017
Allen, TX 75013
Fraud Victim Assistance Department
P.O. Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92834