Attorney General Jackley Issues Consumer ALERT - Equifax Data Breach

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PIERRE, S.D. - Attorney General Marty Jackley is alerting South Dakota citizens that a data breach of Equifax, one of the three (3) Credit Bureaus, has occurred which allowed thieves to access more than 143 million American consumers personal identifying information with 200,000 of them being South Dakota residents.

The facts according to Equifax are as follows: "The breach lasted from mid-May through July. The hackers accessed people's names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver's license numbers. They also stole credit card numbers for about 209,000 people and dispute documents with personal identifying information for about 182,000 people.And they grabbed personal information of people in the UK and Canada too."

At this time we are strongly encouraging South Dakota consumers to use the following website to determine if they are one of the potential victims - www.equifaxsecurity2017.com

South Dakota consumers may contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-300-1986 or consumerhelp@state.sd.us for any questions or concerns.

The Privacy Rights handbook is also available and is designed to assist consumers in protecting their privacy. The handbook is available upon request or by accessing the link here.