Nearly 4 Million Hoosier Adults May Be Victims of Equifax Hack
INDIANAPOLIS -- Three-quarters of Indiana adults may be affected by the Equifax hack.
Deputy attorney general Betsy Isenberg says the credit-rating agency estimates three-point-eight-million Hoosiers may have had their credit information stolen.
An app on the company's website is supposed to tell you whether you're among the victims, but tests have found it just says yes no matter what you type in. Indiana law requires companies to notify customers if their information is hacked. Isenberg says there's been no determination of whether the website by itself meets that requirement.
Isenberg says contrary to some reports, you don't forfeit a potential right to sue if you accept the company's offer of credit monitoring. The company says that's a misinterpretation of a clause that applies only to the monitoring itself.
Isenberg says to watch your bank and credit card statements closely, and suggests a credit freeze so no one opens an account in your name. If that does happen, though, you don't have many options. Identity thieves are often from other countries and hard to prosecute. The attorney general's office does offer advice on how to straighten out your debts and credit rating if someone else runs up charges in your name.
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