Montana Consumers Alerted to Equifax Data Breach
The Montana Department of Justice’s Office of Consumer Protection is alerting Montanans about a recent data breach reported by credit reporting company Equifax. On Thursday, the company announced that the personal information of 143 million Americans may have been accessed by hackers. Customer details that were potentially accessed between mid-May and July include names, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, bank accounts, and other personal documents.
“We know that 367,737 Montanans were affected by the Equifax data breach,” said Mark Mattioli, Chief of Montana’s Office of Consumer Protection. “That’s nearly one-third of the state’s population; this is a huge data breach and consumers should take this news very seriously. While we expect Equifax to send notification letters to Montana consumers impacted by the breach, we urge people to visit the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) website learn more about next steps following this announcement.” The link to the FTC’s website is: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/09/equifax-data-breach-what-do.
The Equifax press release announcing the breach can be read by visiting: https://investor.equifax.com/news-and-events/news/2017/09-07-2017-213000628.
Montana consumers who would like more information on how to place a freeze on their credit file can visit the Montana Office of Consumer Protection website at: https://dojmt.gov/consumer/identity-theft/. Other resources include:
• The data breach page of identitytheft.gov: http://www.identitytheft.gov/databreach
• The FTC’s page on how to place a fraud alert: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0275-place-fraud-alert
• Consumers can get a free copy of their credit report yearly by visiting www.AnnualCreditReport.com.
Montanans seeking more information can contact the Montana Office of Consumer Protection by calling toll-free 800-481-6896 or (406) 444-4500, or e-mailing [email protected].