Idaho AG warns consumers in wake of Equifax hack

Camille Rivera
September 16, 2017

After the Equifax data breach potentially exposed 143 million Americans' personal information - including Social Security numbers - money expert Clark Howard has said a credit freeze is the #1 way to protect your identity.

"Step number one - go to equifaxsecurity2017.com and I know that sounds insane because this is the place where you had your information taken, but you have to begin the process in a methodical way".

According to Equifax, "The breach lasted from mid-May through July".

At the Equifax web portal, people have to enter their last name and the last six digits of their Social Security number to find out if their information was involved. The FTC recommends monitoring bank accounts and obtaining credit reports for unusual activity.

Promptly report this to the account provider.Having a credit application denied when there is no reason to believe there is a problem with the credit history.

Terri Englishbee described the feeling finding out her personal information has been compromised in the recent Equifax data breach.

In the wake of consumer complaints and media coverage, Equifax says this week it has updated call center support, added clarification about mandatory binding arbitration, and revamped the way it issues PIN codes to consumers placing freezes on their credit. Run your credit report at www.annualcreditreport.com as soon as possible so you have a current look at your credit file. If the information can't be explained, you will need to call the creditors involved and report the crime to your local police or sheriff's office.

The North Carolina Attorney General's page dealing with the breach. Check your accounts regularly for any charges you do not recognize. Filing your taxes early, (as soon as you have all the information you need), is one of the best ways to protect yourself from tax identity theft. Then you can contact the bureau directly and request the temporary thaw, allowing your credit to be run for approval. The company's credit monitoring and identity theft protection service, dubbed TrustedID, was offered to consumers for free for up to one year, but the terms of service contained confusing language that appeared to prohibit class-action lawsuits against Equifax - though the company later clarified its TOS. A credit freeze makes it harder for someone to open a new account in your name.

Equifax is now offering a 30-day credit freeze.

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