BBB of the Mid-South is alerting area consumers of what steps to take following a data breach in light of Equifax's announcement of a cyber security incident that may affect 143 million U.S. consumers. Information that was accessed includes consumers’s names, Social Security Numbers, birth dates and addresses. In some cases, driver’s license and credit card numbers were also accessed.
“Anyone whose personally identifiable information has been compromised in a data breach should consider options to protect their credit from being misused,” said BBB president Randy Hutchinson.
BBB advises consumers to stay calm and follow the tips and advice found on these pages:
BBB Tip: Advice in the Wake of a Data Breach
BBB Tip: Credit Freezes and Fraud Alerts
Equifax has established a website where people can check to see if their personal information was potentially impacted. Consumers can sign up for one year of free credit monitoring through this site. Equifax is posting updates about the data breach on this site as well.