California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is urging all Californians to sign up for free credit monitoring by Wednesday’s deadline.
In September, Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies, announced that it had suffered a massive data breach which affected 145 million Americans, more than 15 million of them Californians.
According to Equifax, the breach lasted from mid-May through July and compromised names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers.
“…We urge all consumers – both those who were victims of the breach and those who were not – to take advantage of the free credit monitoring that is available to them,” Becerra said.
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Enrollment can be done at equifaxsecurity2017.com.
The attorney general’s office said that, under California law, consumers who were affected by the Equifax breach are eligible for free credit monitoring. Equifax also offers the free service to consumers who have not been affected.
The Equifax service is a one-year subscription that includes credit file monitoring and alerts that report any suspicious activity on credit reports at the major credit bureaus. It also includes Social Security number monitoring, identity theft insurance, a copy of your Equifax credit report and a free service to lock your credit report at Equifax.