Equifax Data Breach
Was your information compromised?
The recent Equifax data breach has exposed 143 million Americans to potential identity theft. This breach was cause by hackers gaining access to key items of data, including: names, social security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, driver's license information, and credit card numbers.
This breach occurred at Equifax, one of the three national reporting companies in the US (Experian and TransUnion being the other two), and the breach is not associated with any NCRA member companies. NCRA members (mortgage credit reporting and resident screening companies) often provide Equifax data as part of the reports they offer, however, no NCRA member company has been identified as being part of this cyber-attack.
It is recommended that every American adult check with Equifax at 866-447-7559 or via their website at equifaxsecurity2017.com as soon as possible to see if your personal data may have been compromised in this breach.
At 143 million consumer files disclosed, this is the single largest loss of social security numbers in US history. This represents approximately two of every three Americans with an Equifax credit history. In 2015 health insurer, Anthem Inc., was hacked for 80 million social security numbers, until now the largest breach of this type. If you have not yet taken steps to find out if you are part of this massive breach please do ASAP.
If your data has been compromised, please use precautions to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft. Consider placing a fraud alert or credit freeze on your Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion credit report. Credit monitoring alone is not sufficient protection.
Information about how to protect yourself, and information on identity theft in general, is on one of the following helpful website about the Equifax data breach.