143 million American consumers’ personal information was exposed in a data breach at one of the nation’s three major credit bureaus. The basics:
- The breach lasted from mid-May through July
- Hackers accessed names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and in some instances driver license number
- For about 209,000 people, they stole credit card numbers
- For about 182,000 people they accessed credit dispute documents with personal identifying information
It is critical that anyone that might have a credit history take steps as soon as possible to determine if their information was compromised. The FTC has information about this process at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/09/equifax-data-breach-what-do?utm_source=govdelivery. We also have the FTC information at the credit union.
Don’t delay. Find out whether your personal information was compromised and what to do if you (like me) are part of that unlucky group!