On July 29 the credit rating company Equifax was victim to a data breach that jeopardizes the sensitive and personal information of 5.4 million Illinois residents. Information stolen in this breach are: social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, credit card numbers, names, addresses and date of births. The Illinois Attorney General’s office is now investigating this cyber-attack.
Second, inspect your credit reports and all financial statements. You should contact your financial institution immediately if you find an unauthorized charge on your account(s).
Third, do not open or answer any emails you may receive from any unknown senders who are threatening or trying to coerce information from you about the Equifax data breach. Those emails are scams.
You will receive a letter in the mail from Equifax if your credit card number has been stolen. They will not email.
Finally, please contact Equifax at 866-447-7559 or visit their website www.equifaxsecurity2017.com if you any questions. You may also contact the IL Attorney General’s office at 1-866-999-5630 or visit her website at www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov.