IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4, 2007
NEWS FROM: Directors Office 07-004
Nevadans calling the Department of Motor Vehicles, concerned about possible identity theft related to the recent data breach in the TJ Maxx family of retail stores, are not at risk of their licenses being compromised.
According to the retail company, the security breach included driverís license numbers only from customers who returned merchandise without a receipt at a TJ Maxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods in the last four months of 2003 or in May or June of 2004. The driverís license numbers of other customers were not compromised.
ďA driverís license number alone is useless to an identity thief,Ē DMV Director Ginny Lewis said. ďBy itself, it canít be used to access or alter someoneís drive record.Ē
The DMV has received dozens of phone calls from Nevada residents because a letter from the company with advice on the breach suggests customers contact various companies and agencies including their DMV.
The DMV encourages customers concerned about identity theft to follow the advice from the Federal Trade Commission on its web site at www.ftc.gov. More information about the TJ Maxx data breach can be found at www.tjx.com.
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