September 9, 2017 - It has been reported that the credit bureau agency Equifax was breached. This is one of the most sensitive breaches we have seen. The exposure period was from mid-May through July of 2017, and this breach potentially exposed 143 million consumer records.
What was exposed? The information that was exposed were names, social security numbers, birth dates, and in some cases, drivers’ license numbers. Equifax also indicated that credit card numbers for 209,000 consumers were exposed.
What should you do? To determine if your personal information may have been impacted by this incident, please click here and follow the steps listed: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/potential-impact/
Be on the watch for unwarranted solicitation or protection services via email, voice, or text messages. This is going to be a very important time to watch for email phishing attempts. Like always, be careful when you receive an email with attachments. Make sure you have updated your home computer with the latest patches, security updates, and latest virus definitions. Your identity and safety are very important.
September 14, 2017 - Equifax Scam Alert:
Ring, ring. "This is Equifax calling to verify your account information." Stop. Don’t tell them anything. They’re not from Equifax. It’s a scam. Equifax will not call you out of the blue.
That’s just one scam you might see after Equifax’s recent data breach. Other calls might try to trick you into giving your personal information. Here are some tips for recognizing and preventing phone scams and imposter scams:
Don’t give personal information. Don’t provide any personal or financial information unless you’ve initiated the call and it’s to a phone number you know is correct.
Don’t trust caller ID. Scammers can spoof their numbers so it looks like they are calling from a particular company, even when they’re not.
If you get a robocall, hang up. Don't press 1 to speak to a live operator or any other key to take your number off the list. If you respond by pressing any number, it will probably just lead to more robocalls.
If you’ve already received a call that you think is fake, report it to the FTC.
If you gave your personal information to an imposter, it’s time to change any compromised passwords, account numbers or security questions. And if you’re concerned about identity theft, visit IdentityTheft.gov to learn how you can protect yourself.