Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued a consumer alert following a report from Equifax Inc., one of the nation's three major credit reporting agencies, that it experienced a data breach affecting 143 million Americans, including almost 12 million Texans.
There's a really good chance you are one of almost 143-million people nationwide affected by Equifax's recent data breach. "We urge Iowans to take advantage of that", Greenwood said.
Equifax keeps detailed financial records on all Americans to see if you are credit worthy to lend money to. Multiple congressional committees have also signaled their intent to hold hearings on the Equifax data breach. In that case, you may have to explain that your Social Security number is linked to the older number that is connected to your credit-history data.
File your taxes early - as soon as you have the tax information you need, before a scammer can.
"A couple days ago, Equifax came back and said that that is incorrect and that if you sign up for their credit monitoring it does not waive your right", said Groene. "Anyone seeking to find out if their information as exposed, should visit www.equifaxsecurity2017.com, then click the potential impact tab", CPD released. The FTC recommends monitoring bank accounts and obtaining credit reports for unusual activity. A credit freeze makes it hard to open new accounts in your name.
"Yes you should", says CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger.
The Nebraska Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division is warning over 700,000 Nebraska consumers who may by impacted by the massive security breach at Equifax, Inc.to take steps to protect their identities. Note that under federal law, you are entitled to one free credit report each year from each of the three major credit reporting agencies.
Consider placing a credit freeze on your credit reporting files. I think that because we will continue to have data breaches and are at risk all the time you do not have to feel a rush to put a freeze on your credit. If you want to start putting a freeze on your credit over & over as data breaches will happen again & again.