1.1 million Iowans impacted by Equifax data breach

DES MOINES - More than one million Iowans have been impacted by the Equifax data breach, and now the Iowa Attorney General has sent out a warning for people to act now.

AG Tom Miller has opened an investigation into Equifax after the credit reporting company reported than 1.1 million Iowans were impacted by the massive data breach last week. More than 143 million consumers had their personal information exposed in the breach.

Data includes Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and in some cases, driver's licenses.

"This data breach is astonishing, not only because of the number of consumers that it impacts, but also because of the key personal information that it exposed," Attorney General Tom Miller said. "Unfortunately, a criminal who gets a hold of this kind of personal information really hits the identity theft jackpot, and I'm concerned about the potential long-term impact this could have on countless consumers here in Iowa and across the country."

 Right now, Iowans should be checking on their information. You can go to www.equifaxsecurity2017.com and run a simple check by entering your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number. The site will instantly display a message stating whether the breach exposed their personal information.

Consumers with questions can also call an Equifax breach call center at 866-447-7559 from 6 a.m. to midnight, Central time.





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