Idaho AG warns consumers in wake of Equifax hack

Posted September 17, 2017

According to Equifax, it discovered the breach on July 29.

"We learn of new data breaches every day", said Cynthia Erdman, president of Partnership Bank in Tomah.

A Laredo man says that he was one of the 143 million Americans whose private information was compromised in the latest security breach at Equifax.

"Equifax has been intensely investigating the scope of the intrusion with the assistance of a cybersecurity firm to determine what information was accessed and who has been impacted", it stated.

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The news set back the credit reporting company's stock by another 3 percent as of the late morning Thursday. "In the meantime, I encourage Texans to educate themselves about how to best protect their personal information and to file a complaint with my office if they have any concerns about this breach".

What should you do if you've been unable to place a credit freeze online? "Don't tell them anything", Lisa Weintraub Schifferle, an attorney with the FTC's Division of Consumer and Business Education, wrote on the department's website. Credit card numbers for 209,000 consumers were stolen as well as personal information used in disputes from 182,000 people and security questions used for such activities as resetting passwords. This does not impact your ability to use your credit cards, but it does prevent others from opening an account in your name.

Equifax created a website so you can check to see if your personal information may have been affected. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job.

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.

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But once you secure the loan, experts said follow their blanket advice for everyone - freeze your credit indefinitely.

If you believe you are a victim of identity theft call the toll free Colorado Bureau of Investigation 24 Hour Identity Theft & Fraud Hotline at 1-855-443-3489. Make sure that you are signing up for the free service and not Equifax's paid service by mistake. You can request a free credit report.

The first thing you should consider in the wake of the nation's most recent data breach is freezing your credit.

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