Consumers concerned about how the Equifax Inc. data breach has compromised their personal information have been advised to go to a website(www.EquifaxSecurity2017.com) set up by the credit-reporting company.
EquifaxSecuirty2017 will provide customers with information regarding their account at this risk of giving up their right to join a class action lawsuit against Equinox in the future. Experts close the situation that the hack took place from mid-May through July 2017. It should also be noted that limited UK and Canadian residents were affected by this hack as well. The hackers got away with names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. For consumers with additional questions, Equifax has established a dedicated call center. The call center is available at 866-447-7559, every day (including weekends) from 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. Eastern time.
How to use the EquifaxSecurity2017 Website
Go to www.equifaxsecurity2017.com and click on the “potential impact” button at the bottom of the main page to learn more about how to determine if your personal information was exposed. To do so, you’ll be required to provide your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number, a request that sparked internet memes.
Equifax is advising that regardless of whether a consumer’s information may have been affected, they have the option to sign up for credit-file monitoring and identity-theft protection for one year at no cost. The enrollment period for the offering ends Tuesday., Nov. 21.
- No evidence of unauthorized activity on Equifax’s core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases
- Equifax does not typically have information associated with minors
- Many consumers are upset at Equifax for not only letting this hack happen but also trying to trick consumers into forfeiting their rights to file a class action lawsuit against the firm in there first 24 hours before updating the terms and conditions of the TrustedID Premier service
- The TrustedID Premier service provides credit file monitoring and identity theft protection
- Equifax is offering the TrustedID Premier services to customers free for one year (if they take this offer customers may run the risk of giving up their right to file a lawsuit)
- If the Equifax customers bank account has been affected they should contact their financial institution ASAP