Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry offers tips for consumers to their identities amid a data breach involving Equifax. It was discovered as many as 2.5 million additional people may have had their information compromised in the breach.
"Unfortunately, if you have a credit report, there is a good chance that you are one of the consumers whose sensitive personal information was exposed," Landry said.
Nearly half the country may have been affected by the breach that lasted from mid-May through July of this year. Hackers accessed people's names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and driver's license numbers, as well as credit card numbers in some cases. Other confidential personal information may have also been compromised.
The AG said his office has been working diligently since the breach to aid affected Louisiana consumers. Landry has joined other state attorney generals in sending a letter to Equifax highlighting the complaints his office has received. He also requested the company not charge consumers a fee for services provided in relation to the breech. He said his office is serving on the executive committee of a multi-state investigation into the matter.
“Taking precautions and knowing the appropriate steps to make in the event of a data breach could prevent you from falling victim to fraudsters,” said Landry.
Landry advises consumers to check their credit reports for any new accounts or suspicious usage on existing accounts. Freezing credit reports will make it more difficult for hackers to open a new account in your name. Monitor credit card accounts and report unauthorized charges right away.
For more tips on protecting consumer identities, visit agjefflandry.com or call the Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-351-4889.
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