Updated on October 12, 2017, at 2:05 p.m.
- EquiFax Credit Bureau has announced a data breach impacting about 143 million U.S. consumers. That’s nearly half of all adult citizens. While still under investigation, there are some steps that you can take immediately.All Consumers Should:
- Be aware of increased email phishing and fraud. Do not use an unsolicited email to register or respond to the solicitation. Fraudster prey upon crisis–hurricane victim support, identity theft services, information breaches, so be alert.
- Place a CREDIT FREEZE on your credit record for EACH of the major bureaus and for EACH person in your household. There may be a cost associated with this.
- If you are considering a credit monitoring service, such as EquiFax’s TrustedID Premiere, read all Terms of Service before enrolling, and understand the services and costs first.
- Monitor your credit records on a regular basis. Visit annualcreditreport.com to gain access to your credit report.
- If you are unable to reach a bureau, it’s important that you keep trying.
- Register ALL of your telephone numbers at https://donotcall.gov/.
- Remove yourself from direct mail lists at https://dmachoice.thedma.org/
- Be stingy with your information—name, address, telephone number, email address, pet name, and don’t provide it unless absolutely necessary.
Information that was accessed: name, Social Security number, birth date, address and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. In addition, credit card numbers for about 209,000 consumers were accessed.
- Dedicated Equifax Contact Line: 866-447-7559