Equifax, a leading credit report provider, recently announced that 143 million people could be affected by a recent breach of its data system. Cybercriminals stole important personal information that included names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and some driver's license numbers.
Equifax is one of the three major credit report companies and as such, your personal information may have been compromised by this breach. To help you determine if your information has been breached, and to mitigate its impact, we have prepared the following questions and answers.
How do I know if my personal information was part of the breach?
Equifax has promised to send direct mail notices to consumers who were impacted by this breach.
Is Equifax providing any resources and information to help customers that may have been impacted?
Yes, Equifax has established a dedicated website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com. This site includes information about the breach, a search tool to determine if you may have been impacted, and the option to opt in to credit monitoring services offered by Equifax.
Can I call Equifax instead of using their website?
Equifax has set up a dedicated call center to help and can be reached at 866-447-7559. This call center is open every day (including weekends) from 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. EST.
What other actions can I take to help protect my account?
What else should I watch for?
Remain diligent and watch for misleading emails and phone calls. Generally, there is an increase in scam attempts associated with these types of breaches.
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