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State Attorney General advises Iowans to take action after Equifax data breach

State Attorney General advises Iowans to take action after Equifax data breach

One of the three major USA credit bureaus, Equifax, has been hacked, and they say that that means that an estimated 143 million US consumers have now been exposed to the threat of identity theft.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a consumer alert September 10 following an Equifax data breach that affected 143 million Americans and over 15 million Californians.

The hackers accessed sensitive information including social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and more, so they have all the data they need to open accounts many victims will never even know about.

One thing that Clark doesn't want you to do is call the Equifax help line listed on the company's data breach website.

Equifax is offering that protection through its "TrustedIDPremier" program, but if you're not comfortable with that option there are others.

The News 2 I-Team has been following the massive security breach involving credit rating agency Equifax. It can be a pain because you'll have to unfreeze it every time someone needs to run a credit check on you or if you need a loan.

There are literally hundreds of smaller consumer-reporting companies operating in the USA and the smaller ones are collecting information you might not expect. If you've been impacted, Equifax will offer free credit monitoring for a year.

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Equifax added that credit card numbers of around 209,000 USA consumers and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information of around 182,000 US consumers were accessed. That's why it's essential that you track things, like bank accounts, debt and sign up for credit monitoring. A freeze restricts access to your credit report, making it almost impossible for someone to open a new account or line of credit in your name.

To see if you're a victim Equifax says to go to their website.

"Social security number is for life". These tips include: • Check your credit reports.

Mainers can call Equifax at 800-349-9960 to freeze your credit report, Leach said.

The Equifax hack has many people concerned and some not realizing the impact of this breach. You can also temporarily lift that freeze if a credit report is needed.

Peterson cautioned those affected to be sure they are signing up for Equifax's free service and not its paid service. If you contact any one of the three major credit reporting agencies, fraud alerts will be automatically added by the other two agencies as well.


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