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Arkansas attorney general gives tips following Equifax data breach

Approximately 143 million U.S. consumers could potentially be impacted by the breach, which occurred in mid-May through July 29. (MGN Online)

After Equifax, a company that provides credit monitoring services, was impacted by a data breach, several Arkansans have reached out to the Attorney General's office with concerns.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says locals can go to ArkansasAG.gov to get up-to-date information about the breach or call her office at (800) 482-8982.

“The Attorney General’s office is here to do the fighting for you, and I urge Arkansans who have used Equifax to contact my office,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Taking on a leading role and working with other states, I have already begun to conduct a thorough review of this breach to assure that Equifax takes steps to minimize the exposure of Arkansans’ personal information.”

Approximately 143 million U.S. consumers could potentially be impacted by the breach, which occurred in mid-May through July 29.

Americans' names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, addresses and even driver's license numbers were among the pieces of information stolen. About 209,000 people also had credit card numbers leaked, as well as "certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers."

The Atlanta-based company has established a website where people can check to see if their personal information may have been stolen.

Rutledge released the follow tips to help Arkansans recognize if they are a victim of identity theft:

• Receiving unexpected bills or collection calls. Getting an account statement for an account that you did not authorize is an indication that an individual may be the victim of identity theft. Likewise, getting collection calls from a creditor or debt collector regarding an account that you did not authorize is an indication that you may be a victim.

• Not receiving expected bills or account statements. If a monthly credit card statement stops, this could be an indication that someone has stolen mail or changed your account statement mailing address. Promptly report this to the account provider.

• Having a credit application denied when there is no reason to believe there is a problem with the credit history. Be sure to periodically review the credit report, and always review it again before making an application for credit on a big purchase.

If you have been impacted by identity theft, close any accounts that have been tampered with or fraudulently opened and file a complaint with the FTC.



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