LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is warning Arkansans about how their personal information can become compromised online.
Along with personal information being needed to make an online purchase or sign up for a subscription, that information can become compromised by other common mistakes.
Rutledge says this includes “fun” quizzes or surveys on social media that ask you to share the name of your first pet, the first street you lived on or the name of your favorite teacher.
Once this information is put online, it can become vulnerable, compromised or stolen.
Rutledge says hackers have been known to infiltrate online businesses, leading to data breaches, which can cause private information to be stolen.
“Con artists will work overtime to steal your information and identity,” Rutledge said. “It is important Arkansans take the necessary steps to protect their personal information and privacy in the digital age.”
AG Rutledge released the following tips from the Federal Trade Commission for Arkansans who believe their information has been compromised online:
For more information on preventing identity theft, you can visit the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection page at ArkansasAG.gov or the Federal Trade Commission’s website.
In Arkansas, Committing identity theft is a felony that could lead to incarceration, fines up to $25,000 and restitution.
For more information on other consumer-related issues, contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office at (800) 482-8982, by emailing [email protected], or visit ArkansasAG.gov.