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Danny Woods
September 16, 2017

Equifax last week reported a massive data breach, saying hackers may have accessed the personal details, including names and Social Security numbers, of more than 143 million customers from mid-May to July.

The Maine Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection is urging Mainers to take steps to protect their credit and private information after the security breach at Equifax.

Equifax said that it would send letters to about 390,000 of the victims who either had credit card numbers or credit dispute statements affected. "They will make a decision based on your Canadian credit information", Morley said. He also said the the credit reporting agency should extend free credit monitoring and credit freezes to consumers for 10 years and remove mandatory arbitration clauses from its terms of use.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her office has been getting a lot of calls about the Equifax data breach and has some advice for consumers. Click on the "Potential Impact" tab and enter your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number. "Some of them are trying to get Equifax to provide free credit freezes or pay for credit freezes". "If you're a company like Equifax and you're out there scooping up a whole bunch of data and information on people, we have laws on our books that say that you have to protect that information". Accounts or activity that you don't recognize could indicate identity theft.

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There are literally hundreds of smaller consumer-reporting companies operating in the USA and the smaller ones are collecting information you might not expect.

Experts say you need to begin protecting your financial information if you are one of those affected. You have to place a freeze with each credit reporting agency - placing a freeze with one agency will not freeze your credit report with other agencies.

"It is a little frustrating because, like, I only have one credit card and I'm just now starting to build my credit and just to think that I've been putting all that work into building my credit and it's nothing really I can do about it", said Campbell. Since the information in your credit file will not be released to anyone, it makes it almost impossible for an identity thief to open a new credit account in your name.

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