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Identity Theft at Equifax

Identity Theft at Equifax


                The recent data breach at Equifax has reminded us again of how much of our personal information is stored by others.  Equifax is known as one the largest and most reliable of the major credit reporting agencies but even it fell victim to hackers recently.  

                Now other scammers are attempting to take advantage of the vulnerability people are feeling. These scam callers are trying 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 gave your personal information to an imposter, it’s time to change any compromised passwords, account numbers or security questions. 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  or contact their call center at 866-447-7559.

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