State Attorney General advises Iowans to take action after Equifax data breach

State Attorney General advises Iowans to take action after Equifax data breach”

At least 143 million Americans were victimized by the data breach and that includes 5 million North Carolina residents who are affected.

Simply, they prevent creditors from getting access to your credit report.

More than 140 million Americans have had their sensitive data exposed to hackers who infiltrated the files of Equifax, one of the nation's major credit reporting agencies.

Equifax Canada's customer service agents are telling callers that only Canadians who have had dealings in the US are likely to be affected by the massive hack announced last week. It will then ask you to provide your last name and last six digits of your social security number.

Logging on to will allow you to check and see if your information may have been compromised.

Brown also condemned the company's forced arbitration clauses to qualify for the monitoring. "They can open up all kinds of accounts in your name, it really just gets messy, very quickly", Castrodale said.

Once you've frozen your credit, you'll receive a unique PIN from each of the three main credit agencies, Equifax, TransUnion and Experian.

If your information was part of the leak, you'll see the following message: "Thank You - Based on the information you provided, we believe that your personal information may have been impacted by this incident".

"If you think about all the things that your sign up for that requires your social security number and all the things that could be done in your name and it ruins your credit".

"You have to kind of be your own detective with your finances".

Equifax is now offering a 30-day credit freeze.

But I get your concerns.

Rafael Flores says he first found out about the security breach on the news. They also recommend you freeze your credit and keep an eye on your accounts. Schneiderman as well as most experts advise you to freeze your credit.

Duncan said she has called Equifax several times to put a freeze on her credit file but every time she is prompted to give her personal information she is told the request can't be processed. It has information ranging from credit cards to student loans and even medical payments - all of which can be used for identity theft.

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