Equifax Data Breach Exposes 143 Million Americans to Identity Theft

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Equifax Data Breach Exposes 143 Million Americans to Identity Theft

Equifax announced yesterday that they have suffered a data breach that exposes 143 million people to identity theft. The hack was discovered on July 29th, but consumers were not alerted until September 07th due to the company’s investigation. The breach yielded consumer’s names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, addresses and driver’s license numbers. In addition, Equifax stated that credit card numbers for about 209,000 U.S. consumers were stolen as well as “certain dispute documents” containing personal information for 182,000 individuals.

Equifax offers a site to enroll in free credit monitoring in response to this incident (https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/enroll/). Please note that their terms of use effective September 6, 2017 for utilizing this service limits the ability for a potential consumer to participate in a class action lawsuit. (https://trustedidpremier.com/static/terms).

If you are concerned that you were affected by the Equifax data breach, regularly review your statements and check your credit now. A great resource for periodically checking your credit report is www.AnnualCreditReport.com. This is a government-sponsored site that allows consumers to check their credit report, for free, through each of the major credit bureaus once every 12 months.

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