AG warns Kentuckians of Equifax data breach

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a Scam Alert Monday to bring awareness to Kentuckians of a data breach.

The data breach is with Equifax,  which is one of the nation’s three major credit-reporting agencies.

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Equifax recently announced a major data breach that could affect about 143 million American customers.

According to the Attorney General, Equifax reports that from mid-May through July of this year hackers gained access to customers’ names, Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses and some driver’s license numbers.

Credit card numbers of more than 200 thousand consumers, and personal information in credit file dispute documents for more than 180 thousand consumers were also accessed.

The Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection is investigating the data breach.

Here are some steps from Attorney General Beshear to help protect yourself against identity theft:

1)      Check to see if your information was compromised. Verify if your personal information was impacted by visiting the Equifax website, equifaxsecurity2017.com.

2)      Sign up for the free credit monitoring service. Equifax is offering a free year of TrustedID Premier credit file monitoring and ID theft protection for all U.S. consumers, whether or not their information was impacted. To sign up for the protection service, visit equifaxsecurity2017.com or call 866-447-7559, which is open every day, including weekends, from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Eastern time.

3)      Follow the Identity Theft Toolkit. The Office of the Attorney General’s online Identity Theft Toolkit provides systematic instructions on how to respond to possible identity theft. The toolkit includes information on how to place a credit report fraud alert, order credit reports and other helpful resources and contact information.

4)      Report suspicious activity. Contact the Attorney General’s data breach hotline, toll free at 855-813-6508 if you are a victim of a data breach or identity theft.