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Equifax Hacked? Your Credit and Identity Could be at Risk.

J Nick Leitch

September 13, 2017

As many as 143 million Americans were exposed in this most recent hack.  They reported it to the public in September but discover the hack on July 29th. Why the delay?

The theft obtained consumers' names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver's license numbers. Such sensitive information can be enough for crooks to hijack the identities of people whose credentials were stolen through no fault of their own, potentially wreaking havoc on the victims' lives.

Atlanta-based company has set up a special website, https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/, where people can check to see if their personal information may have been stolen. Consumers can also call 866-447-7559 for more information.

Please make an effort to contact them to see if you have been exposed to the hack.

Whether exposed or not, consider setting up credit monitoring (TrustedID Premier for example), fraud alerts, credit freezes to stop new accounts from being opened, and checking your credit report.  Constantly monitor your credit card charges and bank accounts.

Take your cyber security seriously.  These types of events will continue.

   

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