Class-action lawsuit filed against Equifax after massive data breach

Jay Jacobs
September 16, 2017

Almost 1.1 million Iowans and more than 700,000 Nebraskans had their personal information exposed because of the massive security breach at credit reporting company Equifax Inc.

Equifax established a website to help people find out if their information was compromised and help protect that information.

Nebraska State Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln wants the company to actively notify Nebraskans affected by the data breach.

That includes consumer's names, social security numbers, and birth dates.

The Better Business Bureau recommends checking credit reports, something Campbell says she will probably do.

"If you believe that your personal information was acquired during this data breach, it does not necessarily mean your information will be used", CPD said.

Experts say you need to begin protecting your financial information if you are one of those affected.

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On Tuesday, the company announced it would waive fees associated with freezing one's credit file, after significant customer outcry.

"See if you have any charges on your credit card or anything like that, you can put a freeze on your account or you could put a fraud alert on your account and that lasts for 90 days", said Cheryl Parson, President of the BBB Lima Office. But there are sings you should look for with identity theft. A fraud alert warns creditors that you may be an identity theft victim and that they should verify that anyone seeking credit in your name really is you.

A credit freeze blocks other people - criminals, relatives, everybody - from opening a line of credit in your name.

This breach is massive, but there are steps you can take to figure out what to do. Since the information in your credit file will not be released to anyone, it makes it almost impossible for an identity thief to open a new credit account in your name.

If you are trying to apply for an apartment or loan, Hutchinson said you can still do so with the freeze. Every 12 months, you can request a copy of your credit report-for free-from each of the three major credit reporting companies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion).

Up to 3 million MA customers - roughly half the state population - were potentially affected, according to Attorney General Maura Healey, who on Tuesday said she planned to sue the company.

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