Idaho AG warns consumers in wake of Equifax hack

Step 2 in Equifax's Unfreeze Process

11, 2017, Equifax said it has made changes to address customer complaints since it disclosed a week earlier that it exposed vital data on about 143 million Americans.

You can visit Equifax's website to see if you may have been affected by the breach.

Duncan said she has called Equifax several times to put a freeze on her credit file but every time she is prompted to give her personal information she is told the request can't be processed. It warns creditors that you may be an identity theft victim and will make it more hard for someone to open credit in your name.

If you have ever applied for a line of credit, or even a lease for an apartment, the three major credit monitoring companies - Equifax, Transunion, and Experian - likely have our information, and you could be affected.

"When the experts are saying, 'You should do this now, ' it struck panic in me".

Even if you don't do financial transactions online, your information may still be at risk. If you want to start putting a freeze on your credit over & over as data breaches will happen again & again.

Frosh urged Equifax to remove any potential for the company to profit from the breach by suspending sales of credit monitoring services and charging Marylanders for credit freezes. "I called them first thin Monday morning and wasn't able to get through", said Duncan.

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"Step number one - go to equifaxsecurity2017.com and I know that sounds insane because this is the place where you had your information taken, but you have to begin the process in a methodical way".

If you choose to freeze your credit to prevent someone else from opening new accounts in your name, the fee is $10 for Virginia residents and free for North Carolina residents.

Each credit bureau allows you to sign up for a 90 day initial fraud alert.

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) says it was partnered with Equifax on the auto organization's identity protection program.

There, you'll type in your last name and the last six digits of your social security number.

It is very important that you take these steps right away because, as I said above, you already could be a victim of ID theft.

They track checking and savings accounts, too, in case you've been bouncing checks.

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