TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi joined 33 other attorneys general to send a letter to Equifax, Inc., a national credit reporting bureau, regarding the company’s massive data breach. The breach exposed the personal information of nearly half the consumers residing in the United States and its territories, 143 million consumers.
In the letter, the attorneys general express concern about, among other things, Equifax’s offer to sell consumers a fee-based service while at the same time providing free credit monitoring services. The objection is that Equifax is seemingly using its own data breach as an opportunity to sell services. The Attorney General wants to protect consumers who are victims of this breach from being marketed additional services as they struggle to protect themselves from identity theft
Attorney General Bondi asserts that if a fee-based service provides additional protection for consumers, then Equifax should upgrade what it is offering currently for free to include the additional security protection. To view the letter, click here.
Attorney General Bondi is also asking consumers to follow these tips to help protect personal information:
· Closely monitor credit and banking activity to identify any potential unauthorized transactions. If such transactions are found, contact the financial institution immediately;
· Keep all receipts to cross-reference credit and banking statements;
· Consider placing a fraud alert or credit freeze on a credit report; and
· Call local law enforcement if suspicious of identity theft.
Consumers can find out if personal information is compromised by this recent data breach by visiting EquifaxSecurity2017.com.