Equifax – Identity Theft
As you are most likely aware, Equifax, a major credit bureau, revealed recently the details of a cyber security incident that may have exposed names, birth dates, Social Security numbers and addresses of approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. In addition, a smaller amount of driver’s license numbers, credit card numbers and certain dispute documents were obtained. As of now, this data breach is the largest and most damaging in US history.
Uncertain situations such as this give rise to increased awareness, concern, and stress as millions of people scramble to discover if and to what level they’ve been impacted by this crime. Many will become victims of identity theft, and spend countless hours and (typically) thousands of dollars repairing the damage.
Here is an informative CNBC report from Morgan Wright, U.S. Dept. senior anti- terrorism advisor.
Here is another informative article out of Nerd Wallet:
Some homeowners policies offer coverage for “Identity Theft Protection”, as well as third party companies like Legal Shield. In light of recent events, we highly recommend that clients contact their agent to discuss what options are available.