Only scammers could find a way to make such bad news worse. Last week, credit reporting agency Equifax announced that a data breach compromised the personal information of 143 million people. Now, scammers are capitalizing on it with phone phishing cons.
How the Scam Works:
You answer the phone, and it's a robo call claiming to be from Equifax. The credit reporting agency is allegedly "calling to verify your account information." If you stay on the line to speak to a representative, the scammer will try to trick you into sharing personal information.
If you get such a call, be sure to hang up. These calls are scams. Even if your information was compromised in the breach, Equifax will not call you to confirm it. Sharing your personal information with these scammers can lead to identity theft.
How to Avoid a Phone Scam:
For More Information:
For more information about the Equifax breach, visit Equifax's website,www.equifaxsecurity2017.com or see the Federal Trade Commission's alert. For advice about credit freezes and fraud alerts, see this BBB Tip.