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Step 2 in Equifax's Unfreeze Process

Equifax, one of the largest credit reporting agencies in the U.S., confessed on last Thursday that personal details of 143 million customers were leaked by the hackers between mid-May and July.

Colorado's attorney general is warning consumers that the Equifax data breach is "very serious" and urged people to take some basic steps to protect their personal information.

"We are experiencing a high volume of requests for security freezes and have been experiencing some technical issues", a company spokesman, Wyatt Jefferies, said, in an emailed statement to the New York Times.

Equifax revealed last week that the breach had exposed information like the Social Security numbers, credit card information and other sensitive data. Equifax is one of the "Big Three" credit reporting companies operating in the U.S. Everyone keeps asking me if they should put a freeze on their credit. The FTC told consumers not to tell callers any personal information, not to trust caller ID, and if consumers receive a robocall, hang up.

"A couple days ago, Equifax came back and said that that is incorrect and that if you sign up for their credit monitoring it does not waive your right", said Groene.

Coffman also cautioned consumers to understand the terms and conditions of the services being offered by Equifax for information about the data breach, because they may affect your ability to take legal action in the future, according to the press release. Examine the report to see if there are any erroneous accounts or information and call the credit bureaus and authorities immediately if you notice anything suspicious.

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To see if you're a victim Equifax says to go to their website.

Check your credit reports with scrutiny.

Even though the breach is one of the largest ever, and may already be responsible for a spike in consumer fraud, Wall Street was surprised by the extent of the public's anger. If you are a victim of identity theft, Minnesota law allows you to place a credit freeze for free. "Equifax's response to date is unacceptable", Becerra said. It also said there was no evidence that the breach involved its "core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases". Make sure that you are signing up for the free service and not Equifax's paid service by mistake.

Local Better Business Bureau president, Monica Horton said usually when a data breach happens, consumers know what information was compromised, but not in this situation.

Investigators say you need to watch out for phishing emails that look like they're from Equifax, but really aren't.

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