By: Teri Bernstein
John Oliver on Equifax TRIGGER WARNING! Bad language
In September of this year, Equifax announced a security breach that had occurred in July that affected just about every American with a bank account or credit card. There was a flurry of stories telling you want you MUST do if you want to ensure that your identity isn't stolen:
FREEZE YOUR CREDIT FILES AT ALL THREE REPORTING AGENCIES--
In case you didn't take the time to do this, or were waylaid because of fees and sales pitches, you might want to give yourself a rude talking-to by listening to John Oliver's reminder. He includes what can happen when your data does become public. He also warns consumers to avoid traps set by the credit reporting agencies to sell you less-than-freezing services. He also warns about a third party service that acts as a middleman that buys its services from Equifax.
If you don't want to listen to his rude (and angry) reminder, you can read the article about it below, or just go straight to his website link for instructions on the quickest way to get yourself protected from this breach: https://equifaxfraudprevention.com NOTE: this website is NOT affiliated with Equifax, regardless of what it is named. Instead, it is John Oliver's and Last Week Tonight's website for consumers to quickly get to the correct place to freeze their credit.
Source: "John Oliver is super angry about the Equifax breach, offers one thing you should do immediately," by Peter Weber, The Week.com, October 16, 2017.
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