The recent Equifax data breach has exposed 143 million Americans to potential identity theft. This breach was caused by hackers gaining access to key items of data including names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, driver’s license information and credit card numbers.
This breach occurred at Equifax, one of the three national credit reporting companies in the U.S. (Experian and TransUnion being the other two) and the breach is not associated with Sarma. Sarma (mortgage credit reporting and resident screening companies) often provide Equifax data as part of the reports we offer, however, no credit reporting agency such as Sarma has been identified as being part of this cyber-attack.
We urge every American adult to check with Equifax at 866-447-7559 or via the web at https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/ as soon as possible to see if your personal data may have been compromised in this breach. At 143 million consumer files disclosed, this is the single largest loss of Social Security numbers in U.S. history. This represents approximately two of every three Americans with an Equifax credit history. In 2015 health insurer Anthem Inc. was hacked for 80 million social security numbers, until now the largest breach of this type. If you have not yet taken steps to find out if you are part of this massive breach please do ASAP.
If your data has been compromised, please use precautions to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft. Enroll with the Equifax TrustedID program and consider placing a fraud alert or credit freeze on your credit report. Credit monitoring alone is not sufficient protection. Information about how to protect yourself is on the Equifax website above, or at one of the following helpful websites about the Equifax data breach, and identity theft in general.
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