Equifax, one of the three nationwide credit-reporting companies, said Thursday (9/7/17) that 143 million people could be affected by a recent data breach in which names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and numbers of some driver’s licenses were stolen by cybercriminals.
Equifax will not be contacting everyone who was affected, but will send direct mail notices to those whose credit card numbers or dispute records were accessed. Equifax is offering free credit file monitoring and identity theft protection service for one year through TrustedID Premier – whether or not you’ve been affected by the breach.
To enroll, go to www.equifaxsecurity2017.com and click on Check Potential Impact tab. For more information about the breach and/or tips on how to better safeguard your identity, please click here for the CNN Money article.