Equifax Security Breach
Equifax recently announced a data breach likely impacting the personal information of 143 million U.S. consumers—including their names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver's license numbers. This breach is not associated with Professional Solutions and is not a breach of any of our systems or data. However, since we know this breach may be concerning to you, we wanted to provide some resources to help you protect your information.
Are you affected?
According to CNN Money, Equifax will not be contacting everyone who was affected but will send direct mail notices to those whose credit card numbers or dispute records were accessed.
You can see if you’re likely affected by going to the "Potential Impact" section of the Equifax Security site and providing your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number.
Review your accounts
Especially now, it’s important to review your transactions to check for fraudulent activity and to cancel any cards affected by unauthorized transactions. Additionally, contact any affected organizations directly upon finding suspicious charges.
Watch out for scammers
Be skeptical of offers to “protect your information” as a result of this breach. Scammers abound. Also be cautious about providing your personal information in response to unsolicited requests.
Updated details of what occurred and steps to take to protect your information can be found here: www.equifaxsecurity2017.com
Guidance on what to do if your Social Security number or your driver’s license number was compromised, including a section specific to the Equifax breach can be found here: www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/identity-theft