36 thoughts on “Equifax Security Breach Affects YOU!!!

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  2. Thanks for sharing. I checked ours and mine likely wasn’t impacted but my husband’s was. South Carolina had a massive tax breach within the last couple years (I think it was) recently. Nothing is safe, sigh.

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    • This story was rather buried under all the hurricane news, so I feared many people had not likely seen it. With every technological ‘advance’, we will continue to also see new exposure. My fear is that this is only the beginning. If you really want to read something scary, but altogether too feasible, read a book titled … I think it is “One Second After” by William Forstchen . I did some research after reading it and it is all highly possible. Scary, but it will hold your interest.

      Since I don’t know exactly where in South Carolina you live, I must ask … are you in the potential path of Irma or her aftermath? Please keep safe and know that I am thinking of you.

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      • I’ll have to check that out. It really is, just thinking about a group pulling off the ultimate hack could wipe out money, identities, medical records, etc. yikes.

        I’m just south of Charlotte, and the storm has shifted so much that instead of the eye passing over as one path had, it’s shifted so much that it’ll just be a bad thunderstorm deal for us with tornado risk. I saw last night the expect it to strengthen back to a 4, scary stuff 😞

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  3. British people are widely affected too. Equifax is one of (and the oldest) credit scoring agency in Britain. Major banks like Halifax, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and companies like British Gas, British Telecom (BT) and Tesco are amongst some of the big companies using Equifax. Estimates are that 44 million people in the UK are affected. It is likely higher, as just about everyone over the age of 18 will be documented in the Equifax data.

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    • A list of some of the companies I found using Equifax

      Halifax & Bank of Scotland

      Many stores and credit card providers also run credit checks with Equifax. These include Barclaycard, American Express, Capital One, Santander and Tesco Bank.

      If you are taking out a new phone or utility contract with BT, EE, Carphone Warehouse, O2, Vodafone or Virgin then your Equifax file may be checked.

      Many high-street banks check your Equifax report before offering you a loan. As does some P2P lenders, such as Zopa and RateSetter.

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    • I suspect there is more to this than we know right now. I wasn’t sure if it was more widespread than just U.S. accounts, so thanks for that info. I’m still puzzled and angered about that 41 day delay … something is not right.


      • You know Jill. I wonder about some of these big data security breaches too…

        What if…. And this is pure theory…

        But what if governments are hiring hacking specialists to get this data? Imagine how easy it would be to shut down government dissenters of any form. A flip of a few switches could cut off access to wages, bank accounts, social assistance, and all forms of modern day survival by wiping out a person’s identity. Impossible? I think not. 😟

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        • Hmmmmm …. no, not impossible certainly. But … I don’t know … I will have to think on this one a bit.

          Hmmmm … 🤔 … I suppose it would be naive to assume that the same methods Hitler used nearly 80 years ago would be used again today, in this age of technology, to control the masses. Why have ‘brown shirts’ patrolling the streets and marching through town when you can accomplish the same with a few mouse clicks … but …

          I am not sure that I am quite ready to believe your theory, but … I am also not stupid enough to discredit it. We are living in strange times, untested waters … let me ponder this one a bit. 🤔

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  4. Dear Jill,
    I appreciate the heads up.
    Because I was pick pocketed in 2014 while I was doing one of those overseas tours, I had frozen my data at all three major credit rating companies so that no one could access these accounts without my knowledge. I will have to check that this is still the case.
    Thanks for this info and Hugs, Gronda

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