Equifax breach affecting Arkansans, were you breached?

Step 3 in Equifax's unfreeze process

The gravity of the Equifax security breach is huge, with hackers gaining access to the personal information of 143 million people.

Many Claremore citizens have found their names among those impacted in the Equifax security breach.

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. A credit freeze makes it hard to open new accounts in your name.

"Credit monitoring isn't bad but it's not enough", says Stein. It can be a pain because you'll have to unfreeze it every time someone needs to run a credit check on you or if you need a loan. "Don't tell them anything", Lisa Weintraub Schifferle, an attorney with the FTC's Division of Consumer and Business Education, wrote on the department's website. "You should put it on with each of the three credit reporting agencies". A fraud alert warns creditors that you may be an identity theft victim, so they should verify that anyone seeking credit in your name really is you. Schmidt's office says an investigation is underway but does recommend Kansans check their credit reports and even consider placing a freeze on their credit.

"Like, how they are anxious about it and how they have to go through everything and make sure nothing was actually affected by it", said Campbell.

The redit bureau is offering all consumers a free one-year subscription to TrustedID Premier - its credit-monitoring service.

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"If you are the person that is actually making the request for credit you can get that passed", he said.

Equifax is a consumer credit reporting agency which collects and aggregates information on consumers and businesses. From a secure computer and an encrypted network connection, visit Equifax's website at www.equifaxsecurity2017.com and click on the tab "Potential Impact".

"This is clearly a disappointing event for our company, and one that strikes at the heart of who we are and what we do", said Equifax Chairman and CEO Richard F. Smith.

The breach, which unmasked the names and social security numbers of customers, has reportedly affected more than 140 million Americans.

Pay extra attention to your bank statements, credit card statements, and even medical or insurance bills to see if any unknown or unusual charges appear.

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