AG Paxton issues consumer alert following Equifax data breach

16 September, 2017, 01:11 | Author: Ruben Patrick
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Equifax, one of the largest credit reporting agencies in the U.S., confessed on last Thursday that personal details of 143 million customers were leaked by the hackers between mid-May and July. "Anyone seeking to find out if their information as exposed, should visit www.equifaxsecurity2017.com, then click the potential impact tab", CPD released.

First, the company waited months to alert the public after first discovering the breach on July 29.

Equifax discovered the hack July 29 but waited until last Thursday to warn consumers that criminals exploited a USA website application to access files between mid-May and July of this year.

Equifax, one of the three largest credit bureaus, stoked customer anger during the past six days in one bungled p.r. move after another.

Can anyone view your credit report when it's frozen?

This data breach is so severe that the criminals will be able to use this information for decades, so if you're getting a message from Equifax that your request can't be processed at this time - please keep trying! Meantime, since 2006, Lisa Madigan's office has a unit devoted to helping victims of identity theft and helping consumers prevent it.

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Equifax is offering one year of fraud monitoring to everybody.

If you'd rather contact Equifax by phone, dial 1-800-349-9960. Alerts force credits to verify you're really you before extending credit. Did you finance your auto?

"When the experts are saying, 'You should do this now, ' it struck panic in me".

But a credit freeze is problematic for people who need to keep their credit report open as they need to secure a loan, perhaps buy a home or a vehicle.

"I've already written a letter to Equifax demanding to know exactly what happened and what they will do to protect people who were affected", said Attorney General Josh Stein. You can monitor your social security account by going to this website.

This breach is massive, but there are steps you can take to figure out what to do. The company's credit monitoring and identity theft protection service, dubbed TrustedID, was offered to consumers for free for up to one year, but the terms of service contained confusing language that appeared to prohibit class-action lawsuits against Equifax - though the company later clarified its TOS.

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