Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) September 7, 2017 - announced a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. The information accessed primarily includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers, were accessed.
Take steps to control your personal information:
- Always be alert and check your statements and bills regularly. Set up account alerts to notify you of any unusual activity.
- Monitor your credit with an annual free credit report
- Place freezes on your credit report. Freezing your credit can cost anywhere from $0 to $10 at each bureau. Proven identity theft victims can have this fee waived. (If you need to lift the freeze you will have to pay the same fee.)
- Place a fraud alert on your credit report by calling one of the credit bureaus. That credit report agency will alert the other two credit bureaus. This is a FREE service and it will last for 90 days.
- Purchase Identity Theft Protection - Identity theft protection companies help consumers monitor their financial accounts and personal information by sending alerts on potential fraud.