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By Terry Sebastian or Crystal Staley
FRANKFORT, KY. (11 Sep 2017) - Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a Scam Alert today to help make Kentuckians aware of the Equifax data breach, and provided tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft.
Equifax, one of the nation's three major credit-reporting agencies, recently announced a major data breach that could affect about 143 million American customers.
Equifax has indicated that from mid-May through July of this year hackers gained access to customers' names, Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses and some driver's license numbers. Credit card numbers of about 209,000 consumers, and personal information in credit file dispute documents for about 182,000 consumers were also accessed.
Beshear said the Attorney General's Office of Consumer Protection is investigating the events surrounding the data breach, including the company's response and the protections being offered to affected Kentuckians.
"Kentuckians who may be involved should take immediate steps to closely monitor their credit, and report any suspicious credit activity to my office," said Beshear.
The Office of the Attorney General is asking Kentuckians who might be impacted by the breach to follow these steps to help protect against identity theft:
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