BATON ROUGE, LA – Following a major data breach involving Equifax,
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has issued a Public Service Announcement to inform consumers of how to protect their identities.
“Unfortunately – if you have a credit report, there is a good chance that you are one of the consumers whose sensitive personal information was exposed,” said General Landry. “This is a serious matter, and it is why my office has been working diligently since the breach to aid affected consumers in Louisiana.”
According to Equifax, the breach lasted from mid-May through July of this year and potentially affected as many as 143 million Americans – nearly half of the country. This prompted General Landry to issue a PSA offering tips on how consumers can protect themselves from identity theft. The hackers accessed people’s names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and driver’s license numbers. In some cases, people’s credit card numbers and dispute documents with other confidential personal information may have also been compromised.
“In addition to sharing multiple tips and recommendations from the Federal Trade Commission on how consumers can protect themselves, I have joined numerous other state Attorneys General in a letter to Equifax highlighting the complaints our office has received and requesting they not charge consumers a fee for the services they provide in relation to the breech,” continued General Landry. “Our office is also serving on the executive committee of a multistate investigation into the matter.”
General Landry offered the following tips to protect consumers’ identities in the event of a data breach: