EQUIFAX DATA BREACH

Were you affected?

What should you do next?

 

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If you would like help checking whether your information was exposed, or help requesting and reviewing your credit report, please call the Elder Rights Center at 1-866-684-5885 to set up an appointment.

 

 

Over 143 million Americans’ personal information was exposed in a data breach at Equifax, one of the three major credit reporting agencies. The breach lasted from mid-May through July. Hackers accessed people’s names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, and addresses. They also stole credit card numbers from about 209,000 people.

 

How can I check whether my information was exposed?

  1. Visit www.equifaxsecurity2017.com.
  2. Click on the “Potential Impact” tab at the top of the page.
  3. Enter your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number
  4. The site will tell you if you were affected by the breach.
  5. Whether or not your information was exposed, you should sign up for the free year of credit monitoring and ID theft protection offered by Equifax.

 

How can I protect my personal information?

  1. Get your FREE credit reports from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion at annualcreditreport.com or by calling 1-877-322-8228.
    • Look for addresses, accounts, and activity that you don’t recognize - this could be identity theft.
  2. Place a fraud alert on your credit report by calling 1-800-680-7289 or 1-888-397-3742. If anyone tries to use your information to get credit or a loan, the credit company must contact you to verify.
  3. Check your credit card and bank account statements for charges you don’t recognize.
  4. File your taxes early — before a scammer can file a false return. Scammers can use your Social Security number to get a tax refund.
    • Respond right away to letters from the IRS (but watch out for phone calls from the “IRS” – these are usually scammers!).
  5. Beware of follow-up scams! If you get a call from “Equifax” asking you to give personal information or verify your account information, HANG UP! Equifax will NOT call you about the breach.
    • Don’t give personal information on the phone, unless YOU made the call to a reputable agency.
    • Don’t trust Caller ID. Scammers can “spoof” the phone number to make it look like they are calling from Equifax, the IRS, or another agency.
    • If you get a call that you think is fake, report it to the FTC.
    • When in doubt, just hang up the phone!
  6. Visit Identitytheft.gov/databreach to learn more about protecting yourself.

 

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If you would like help checking whether your information was exposed, or help requesting and reviewing your credit report, please call the Elder Rights Center at 1-866-684-5885 to set up an appointment.

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