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Data breach at local assisted living center

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Amarillo, TX - Officials with Assisted Living Concepts said their company has experienced a data breach.

They said an unauthorized third party accessed payroll information of about 43,000 employees nationwide, including those who work at Potter House in Amarillo.

Earlier this month, the company notified current and former employees that names, addresses, birth dates and social security numbers were all compromised during the breach. The company warned employees that the criminals could try to file fraudulent tax returns with the stolen information and suggested they submit an identity theft affidavit with the IRS.

A local certified public account recommends affected employees to check their credit report frequently. "If I were one of those folks, one thing I would do is to check my credit report," said CPA Mark Christy. "You can do that once a year for free. But I would be looking at that report probably once a month for a while."

To help employees check their credit activity, Assisted Living Concepts  is providing a one-year membership to Experian's ProtectMyID Alert System. The system will send notifications of unusual account activity.

The company says it is working with the IRS and the FBI to investigate how the breach happened.

Madison Alewel - NewsChannel 10