Updated 7/31/19 to include Equifax Data Breach Settlement information:
In July 2019 Equifax agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and 50 U.S. states and territories. The settlement includes up to $425 million to help people affected by the data breach. For more information including a lookup tool to see if your data was affected by the data breach, see the following official FTC website: ftc.gov/Equifax
Beware of scammers who’ve put up fake websites meant to look like the official website. Also you may receive unsolicited email or phone calls from scammers who may try to charge you to file a claim, or ask you for private information such as your social security number.
Originally posted 9/11/17. Updated 9/13/17 to include information from Consumer Reports:
Equifax, one of the large credit reporting agencies in the U.S. recently announced a data breach that may affect 143 million Americans. In case you’re not familiar with the population of the United States, that number is equal to just about every adult who’s ever applied for credit. Initial reports indicate that exposed data may include names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. Note that Equifax DOES NOT have access to passwords to your financial accounts.[Read more…]