The information included Social Security and driver's license numbers as well as names, birth dates and addresses.
You can visit Equifax's website to see if you may have been affected by the breach. A security freeze (also known as a "credit freeze") locks your credit file so that no one can see your credit report or credit score unless you lift the freeze. While not foolproof, credit freeze is the best way to prevent lenders from having access to your credit report and thieves from opening new lines of credit in your name. Do you have a credit card? "I want to know exactly how that happened, but more immediately, I am concerned about the confusion that you have caused for consumers". The FTC told consumers not to tell callers any personal information, not to trust caller ID, and if consumers receive a robocall, hang up.
By now, you've heard about the breach of the financial records of Equifax, the credit reporting bureau. But if you are really anxious about your credit being misused, this works.
"Really? How many people have been affected by this? I called them first thin Monday morning and wasn't able to get through", said Duncan.More news: India Rebuts Attempts to Make It 'Villain' in Rohingya Refugee Crisis
Filer says you can also look into identity theft protection.
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.
It is a major, laborious process to get a new social security number and even if you do, the Social Security Administration says a new number probably won't solve all your problems and could actually create new problems. Georgia residents are entitled to an additional two free credit reports per year from each of the reporting agencies.
They track checking and savings accounts, too, in case you've been bouncing checks.
"The nature of people using basically credit bureau focused information is to keep an eye on their credit report, not necessarily just the score but the actual contents of the report itself", said Cronin. If the website said your information was potentially breached, Equifax will allow you to sign up for their monitoring service to check for fraud.