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Yes. If you received a letter in the mail from the City of Pensacola with a return address in Suwanee, Georgia, it is legitimate. Please follow the instructions in the letter if you are interested in taking advantage of the free year of LifeLock.
Please follow the instructions in your letter to activate the free year of LifeLock Defender™. If you need assistance, call the phone number provided in the letter.
First, make sure you are typing in the access code correctly. If the code still will not work, please call LifeLock at the phone number provided in your letter.
The city cannot determine with certainty that personal information has not been compromised in the cyberattack. The personal information that may have been obtained by the hackers includes individuals’ first and last names; social security number, driver license number, or other identification number; bank account number, credit card number, or debit card number. This is why the city is offering LifeLock services to affected individuals.
You are either a current customer of Pensacola Energy, an employee or retiree of the city (all who are stored in the current database), an active applicant or recipient of Section 8 Housing assistance and/or a vendor of the city who supplied a social security number rather than an federal tax ID number.
Upon learning of the cyberattack, the city immediately contacted law enforcement including the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The city is now offering LifeLock services to active customers of Pensacola Energy, active employees and retirees of the city, active and pending applicants for Section 8 housing and active vendors who supplied the city their SSN rather than an FEIN number.
The city is not aware of anyone’s information having been misused, but please refer to the letter you received for information about steps you can take to protect yourself. The city also recommends that you monitor your statements and accounts for unusual or suspicious activity.
Once the city learned of this issue, we immediately took steps to investigate the incident and determine the nature of the incident and scope of the information that was potentially accessed. We also engaged LifeLock to provide credit monitoring and identity theft protection to impacted individuals, which took time.