What consumers need to know in response to Equifax data breach

What consumers need to know in response to Equifax data breach

The stolen data includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, and other personal information for 143 million Americans which could be one of the largest breaches in the United States.

Are you a victim of the Equifax data breach? It is important to note that a consumer does not need to have used Equifax for their data to be exposed to these hackers. If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have credit.

Then, after announcing the breach, Equifax demanded customers give up their right to sue the company in exchange for free credit-monitoring services - and then charged them to put a freeze on their credit. You can find out on the website whether you're at risk. Equifax, which says it learned of the breach in late July, said credit card numbers for about 209,000 people and certain documents for another 182,000 were also accessed. Identity theft is when another individual uses another person's information to commit fraud or other crimes, most commonly to obtain access to credit in your name.

To see if you're a victim Equifax says to go to their website.

Request a copy of your credit report as soon as possible in order to identify what is on your report before any potential theft has occurred. "You're entitled to a free one".

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KAKE News reached out to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to see if Kansas will file a class action lawsuit against Equifax. The FTC cautioned people, Equifax is not calling consumers who may be affected, but scam artists posing as an Equifax representative could try to get people to disclose their personal information over the phone. It also said there was no evidence that the breach involved its "core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases". Visit annualcreditreport.com to get your free credit reports.

The organization says it has been trying since the first reports of the Equifax breach surfaced to determine if it affects any of the approximately 10,000 CAA members who signed up for the program.

The Canadian Press made multiple calls as consumers to Equifax Canada's customer service line and was told that consumers whose credit files were not checked outside of Canada are unlikely to be part of any breach.

"The second thing you really need to do is to start monitoring your credit more".

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