It’s been reported that information which included hundreds of thousand of SS# and/or credit card information has been stolen by hackers.
The data breach revealed by Equifax last week – hackers stole the personal information of 143 million consumers from the credit reporting agency – is one of the largest in history. And for people trying to get a mortgage, it could potentially be one of the most damaging.
The breach could affect more than half the adult population of the United States, according to a report by Realtor.com.
“Bar none, this is the worst data breach we’ve ever had,” identity theft expert Rob Douglas told Realtor.com. “This is the one everyone worried about.”
“It’s not a breach where they just got a Social Security number or another breach where they just got a credit card number,” Douglas told Realtor.com. “Here, they got the whole enchilada. This is now a danger for a lifetime.”
So what do we do as unsuspecting consumers that may be affected by this tragic incident? Please check your credit for any transactions that are shown that you may question. EVERYBODY has access to this annual free credit report found online at www.annualcreditreport.com Contact your credit card companies immediately if you see any fraudulent activity on your report.