JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gary Findlay, executive director of Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System (MOSERS), notified state employees today — including state senators, representatives and Capitol staff — of unauthorized access to MOSERS member records.
“On December 5, 2014, we confirmed four successful attempts beginning last month to fraudulently complete an online form for active members of MOSERS,” read the letter to members. “In these cases, the perpetrators gained access to information contained on the individual member homepages for those four members. We have contacted the four affected members and provided them specific information regarding what happened. We are taking this matter very seriously, and we are working with state and federal law enforcement officials to identify and bring to justice the guilty party(ies). We can report that this fraud was detected and that no funds were erroneously disbursed.”
Findlay further provided notice that all online passwords and security questions will be rescinded and online log in abilities will be disabled from December 11-16. All MOSERS members will need to log in as a new member after that time.
Calling the incident “unfortunate,” Findlay encouraged any members to contact MOSERS if they believe their records were compromised. He also relayed information on how to obtain a free credit report.
The letter is posted as the MOSERS website homepage currently.
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