California attorney general issues consumer alert following Equifax data breach

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The Equifax security breach affects some 143 million Americans, or almost 60 percent of the US adult population, making it likely the single largest and most risky hack in history.

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.

Anyone in the US who has a bank account or who ever had a auto loan or mortgage is likely affected by the Equifax hack, and sensitive information such as name, address, Social Security number and driver's license number may have been exposed to hackers. Some people don't realize that other companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon keep data on you as well. They should be wary of unsolicited calls or email that say they are related to the breach and that ask to confirm or enter personal information. In that case, you may have to explain that your Social Security number is linked to the older number that is connected to your credit-history data. You can get free credit reports each year by going to annualcreditreport.com.

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You should also enroll in fraud alerts with your bank or credit card company and you may consider putting a credit freeze in place.

You can temporarily lift the freeze for a creditor if you know which reporting agency they're using. Equifax has also created a website where you can check to see if your personal information may have been affected.

In his letter, Frosh questioned the confusing nature of Equifax's communication with consumers about the breach and steps they can take to protect their personal information.

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Tip #2: Run your credit report.

However, Team Clark is hearing from people who've had a lot of trouble placing a credit freeze through Equifax's website.

By now, you've heard about the breach of the financial records of Equifax, the credit reporting bureau. "Equifax is where they are getting your report from so they have a lot of information", said Chip Filer, Chair of Old Dominion University's Department of Economics.

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If you believe you're a victim of identity theft the Colorado Bureau of Investigation has a toll free 24 Hour Identity Theft and Fraud Hotline at 1-855-443-3489 . "My best advice - get signed up for online services and alerts with your bank and credit card companies". But if you are really anxious about your credit being misused, this works.

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