Equifax Data Breach Creates Phone Scam Warning

September 15, 2017

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During our preparation for the storm, we found out that the credit reporting agency, Equifax is accused of having the personal data of 143 million people compromised, including credit card and social security numbers. That is nearly half of all US adults. With so many people affected, it’s the perfect opportunity for scammers to take advantage of our vulnerability.  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns of a scam where a call is received supposedly from Equifax asking you to verify their account information. The FTC says that if you receive a call from someone claiming to be from Equifax, just hang up. Don’t press any buttons, give them any info. Just hang up and get on with your day, They’re not from Equifax. It’s a scam. Equifax will not call you out of the blue. However if you do receive one of these calls, you should report it to the FTC's online complaint web site. It is also important to remember that scammers will also be preying on Floridians in the wake of Irma.  Remember to keep your common sense alert that if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  Verify any contractor or person you hire with the state’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation [CLICK HERE] and be aware of any suspicious actions, especially against the elderly.

SOURCE: Federal Trade Commission

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