BATON ROUGE – JPMorgan Chase notified Louisiana officials yesterday that personally identifiable information it holds under contracts with state agencies may have been breached. The company said it does not know if or to what extent information on Louisiana citizens may have been exposed.
Through contracts with the Louisiana Department of the Treasury and Louisiana Department of Revenue, JPMorgan Chase issues pre-paid debit cards for certain state agencies, including for state income tax refunds distributed by LDR, unemployment benefits paid by the Louisiana Workforce Commission and Child Support Enforcement, STEP Supportive Services and Child Care Assistance provider payments paid by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.
State agencies are working closely with JP Morgan Chase to keep Louisiana citizens apprised as more information about the breach becomes available.
In the interim, citizens, particularly those who have used pre-paid debit cards issued on behalf of these state agencies, are encouraged to monitor their credit statements and financial reports for any suspicious activities and to change the passwords on their respective accounts as a precaution.
For additional information, citizens can visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website at www.consumer.ftc.gov for general information about identity theft and to learn more about reporting suspected fraudulent activities.