September 26 2017

FTC Warns of Scammers Using Equifax Breach to Steal Information


The massive data breach at the consumer credit reporting agency Equifax is being used by scammers to take advantage of potentially wary people who are worried their information might have been compromised.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning residents that scam calls from people pretending to be from Equifax are being made in an attempt to steal personal information.

The FTC says that if you get such a call there is only one thing to do.

“Stop. Don’t tell them anything. They’re not from Equifax. It’s a scam. Equifax will not call you out of the blue,” the agency said in a scam warning.

“That’s just one scam you might see after Equifax’s recent data breach,” the warning continues. “Other calls might try to trick you into giving your personal information.”

Here are some tips for recognizing and preventing phone scams and imposter scams:

- Don’t give personal information. Don’t provide any personal or financial information unless you’ve initiated the call and it’s to a phone number you know is correct.

- Don’t trust caller ID. Scammers can spoof their numbers so it looks like they are calling from a particular company, even when they’re not.

- If you get a robocall, hang up. Don't press 1 to speak to a live operator or any other key to take your number off the list. If you respond by pressing any number, it will probably just lead to more robocalls.

And what if you have already fallen for a potential scam?

“If you gave your personal information to an imposter, it’s time to change any compromised passwords, account numbers or security questions,” the FTC says. “And if you’re concerned about identity theft, visit to learn how you can protect yourself.”


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