You are here
Equifax Data Breach: What to Do
Sensitive personal information was exposed in a data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies. The hackers accessed 143 million American consumers’ names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. They also stole credit card numbers for about 209,000 people and dispute documents with personal identifying information for about 182,000 people.
You may not know you are an Equifax customer. Equifax gets its data from credit card companies, banks, retailers, and lenders who report on the credit activity of individuals to credit reporting agencies, as well as by purchasing public records. The FTC is advising that all consumers take the steps to find out if your information was exposed. Go to www.equifaxsecurity2017.com, click on the “Potential Impact” tab and enter your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number. The site will tell you if you’ve been affected by this breach.