Columbus, OH - Equifax, a consumer credit reporting agency, has recently announced a security breach potentially affecting over 140 million consumers in the United States. BBB wants to remind consumers of what actions to take following a data breach.
Equifax is considered one of the three largest American credit unions. So far, there is no evidence of unauthorized access to core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases. The information accessed primarily includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. The company is going to offer free identity theft protection and credit monitoring to all U.S. consumers, according to equifaxsecurity2017.com.
Consumers can visit the link above to see if they have been affected by the breach and to learn more about the identity theft protection program.
BBB urges any consumers who are concerned that their personal information has been compromised to stay calm and formulate a plan. Next-steps and other things to consider in the wake of a data breach and credit freezes can be found both here and here.
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