SCAM ALERT: Equifax Breach
SCAM ALERT! Equifax Breach
On September 7, 2017, Equifax announced they had a “Cybersecurity Incident” that occurred from mid-May through July, potentially impacting 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.
Per their statement on www.equifaxsecurity2017.com, there is no evidence of unauthorized access to core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases. However, the company is offering free identity theft protection and credit file monitoring to all U.S. consumers.
The coverage includes monitoring by all three credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion), but you do need to follow the enrollment instructions provided on their website.