New Mexicans file lawsuit against Equifax after breach in system

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Equifax says the information accessed in this breach includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver's license numbers.

"However, in light of the intense public interest and the potential impact of this matter, I can confirm that FTC staff is investigating the Equifax data breach".

Find out if your information was compromised by the Equifax breach: Visit www.equifaxsecurity2017.com to find out if you have been impacted.

In addition, Carr said one of the first steps Georgians should take is freezing their credit, which essentially locks down a person's credit to prevent thieves from opening credit lines.

She says the best thing you can do is freeze your credit report.

"Credit monitoring isn't bad but it's not enough", says Stein. But consumers have complained of problems initiating freezes with the credit reporting companies when they tried to do so by phone and online. The FTC told consumers not to tell callers any personal information, not to trust caller ID, and if consumers receive a robocall, hang up.


Once you've frozen your credit, you'll receive a unique PIN from each of the three main credit agencies, Equifax, TransUnion and Experian. If you want to start putting a freeze on your credit over & over as data breaches will happen again & again.

You'll need to provide your last name and the last six digits of your social security number. For Nebraska residents, other than minors and those who are victims of identity theft, a $3.00 charge may be applied for placing, temporarily lifting, or removing a security freeze.

If you need further assistance, contact the Equifax dedicated call center at 866-447-7559. Examine the report to see if there are any erroneous accounts or information and call the credit bureaus and authorities immediately if you notice anything suspicious.

"We learn of new data breaches every day", said Cynthia Erdman, president of Partnership Bank in Tomah.

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 .

Experts recommend that you check with Equifax to see if you're vulnerable by going to their website here.

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