We have learned that
there are scammers out there attempting to use the Equifax Data Breach to prey
on consumers. These scammers are contacting consumers in Pennsylvania both by
email and phone. Beware of email and telephone scams related to the data
breach. DO NOT give out personal information to those who contact you asking
for information to verify accounts, and be wary of clicking on links or
downloading attachments in email messages. Legitimate businesses do not ask
consumers to verify account information via cold calls or emails.
If you receive a phone
call from someone claiming to be from Equifax, STOP! Do not 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 particular
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 through emails:
If you have received one
of these calls or suspicious emails and gave your personal information to an
imposter, you should immediately change any compromised passwords, account
numbers or security questions and report it to the police. You can also contact
our office at 1-800-441-2555 or email us at email@example.com. And if you’re concerned about identity theft,
visit IdentityTheft.gov to learn how you can protect yourself.
For more information
about the Equifax breach, visit Equifax’s website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com or contact their call center at 866-447-7559.
Equifax identified a cybersecurity incident potentially
impacting approximately 145.5 million; over
5.5 in PA
residents. Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain
access to certain files.
Equifax established a dedicated website,
www.equifaxsecurity2017.com, to help U.S. consumers determine if their
information has been potentially impacted.
No, unless you leave a message with the call center. Be
aware of scammers who represent they are from Equifax if you did not leave a
message with the call center.
The information accessed primarily includes names, Social
Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s
license numbers. Criminals also accessed credit card numbers for approximately
209,000 U.S. consumers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying
information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers.
Equifax is offering TrustedID Premier, which includes credit
file monitoring and identity theft protection product, complimentary for one
year. Consumers have until
January 31, 2018 to take advantage of the
complimentary, one-year subscription to TrustedID Premier.
Equifax is also offering free security freezes. Please make
sure the consumers are signing up for the free service and not the fee-based
services. Equifax has both available.
You need to go to www.equifaxsecurity2017.com and sign up.
You will be given a notification date when you may go and activate your
subscription. The free year begins when you activate your subscription.
For consumers with additional questions, Equifax has
established a dedicated call center. The call center is available at
866-447-7559, every day (including weekends) from 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. Eastern
No, as of right now, consumers must pay to freeze their
credit with Experian and TransUnion.