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Equifax, one of the three nationwide credit-reporting companies has announced a breach of its database on September 7, 2017.  This breach has impacted approximately 143 mission U.S. consumers.  Information compromised in the breach includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver’s license numbers in some cases.  For more information, go to www.equifaxsecurity2017.com to determine if your information may have been impacted by the breach.
 
Also, there are reports of  consumers receiving calls from Equifax to verify your account information.  BEWARE of this SCAM and do not tell them anything.  They are not from Equifax and this is a scam.  Any calls asking you to give out your personal information should be treated with extreme caution.  The following article and information is being reprinted and provided for your convenience.
 
Ring, ring. “This is Equifax calling to verify your account information.” Stop. Don’t tell them anything. They’re not from Equifax. It’s a scam. Equifax will not call you out of the blue.
That’s just one scam you might see after Equifax’s recent data breach. Other calls might try to trick you into giving your personal information. Here are some tips for recognizing and preventing phone scams and imposter scams:
  • Don’t give personal information. Don’t provide any personal or financial information unless you’ve initiated the call and it’s to a phone number you know is correct.
  • Don’t trust caller ID. Scammers can spoof their numbers so it looks like they are calling from a particular company, even when they’re not.
  • If you get a robocall, hang up. Don’t press 1 to speak to a live operator or any other key to take your number off the list. If you respond by pressing any number, it will probably just lead to more robocalls.
If you’ve already received a call that you think is fake, report it to the FTC.

If you gave your personal information to an imposter, consider changing account numbers or security questions and account passwords. And if you’re concerned about identity theft, visit IdentityTheft.gov to learn how you can protect yourself.

For more information about the Equifax breach, visit Equifax’s website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com  (This link takes you away from our site.) or contact their call center at 866-447-7559.

Article reproduced from original FTC article posted on September 14, 2017 by Lisa Weintraub Schifferle, Attorney, FTC, Division of Consumer and Business Education. https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/09/equifax-isnt-calling

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