More than 700,000 Nebraskans might have been affected by the massive security breach at Equifax.
The Nebraska Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division warns Nebraskans to take steps to protect their identities.
In July, Equifax discovered hackers found vulnerability in an Equifax online portal and gained access to the personal information of 143 million consumers nationwide. Hackers got to a wide range of sensitive information, including names, addresses, Social Security numbers, birth dates, and in some cases, even the numbers off driver’s licenses and credit cards.
The AG office says it is working with other states to gather additional information from Equifax.
“Due to the number of consumer data breaches that have occurred over the last several years, it is imperative that Nebraska consumers be proactive in protecting their financial information. Because the Nebraska number is so high for those impacted by the Equifax breach, I would encourage everyone to act immediately to see if their identity information was part of the breach, and if so, take these recommended steps.”
To see if your information was impacted in the breach, visit www.equifaxsecurity2017.com. You will have to enter your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number, after which Equifax will inform you if your information was involved in the breach, according to the AG office.
Consumers can also call 866-447-7559.
If you are affected by this breach, Attorney General Doug Peterson recommends you take the following steps:
- Closely monitor your credit report for suspicious activity. Visit annualcreditreport.com to get your free credit reports. Federal law requires each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies to give you one free credit report every 12 months if you request it.
- Actively monitor your financial statements. Promptly dispute any unauthorized charges.
- Consider placing a fraud alert or security freeze on your credit report. This prohibits a credit reporting agency from releasing any information from your credit report without written authorization and makes it harder for an identity thief to access credit in your name. For Nebraska residents, other than minors and those who are victims of identity theft, a $3.00 charge may be applied for placing, temporarily lifting, or removing a security freeze.
Equifax will provide a year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services to all consumers, regardless of whether or not your information was involved in the breach. You can sign up for this feature by visiting www.equifaxsecurity2017.com.
The AG office provides this list of warning signs that you may have fallen victim to identity theft:
You are denied credit.
You get a notice from the IRS about a tax debt that you do not believe is yours.
You find charges on your credit card or withdrawals from your account that you don’t remember making.
You suspect someone has fraudulently changed your mailing address.
Your credit card bills stop coming.
You get bills that aren’t yours.
You find something wrong with your credit report, such as loans you didn’t take out or accounts you don’t remember opening.
A debt collector calls about debts you don’t believe you owe.
Click here for additional details on how to protect yourself against identity theft.