Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC
If you have a credit report, there’s a good chance that you’re one of the 143 million American consumers whose sensitive personal
information was exposed in a data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies.
Here are the facts, according to Equifax. The breach lasted from mid-May through July. The hackers accessed people’s names, Social Security
numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. They also stole credit card numbers for about 209,000
people and dispute documents with personal identifying information for about 182,000 people. And they grabbed personal information of people in
the UK and Canada too.
There are steps to take to help protect your information from being misused. Visit Equifax’s website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com. (This link takes you away from our site. Equifaxsecurity2017.com
is not controlled by Dart Bank)
Find out if your information was exposed. Click on the “Potential Impact” tab and enter your last name and the last six digits of
your Social Security number. Your Social Security number is sensitive information, so make sure you’re on a secure computer and an encrypted network connection any time you
enter it. The site will tell you if you’ve been affected by this breach.
Here is a good link from the FDIC to learn how you can protect your identity