SC residents urged to take action after Equifax data breach

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FILE - This July 21, 2012, file photo shows Equifax Inc., offices in Atlanta. Prospects are good for a public shaming, but it’s unlikely Congress will institute sweeping new regulations after hackers accessed the personal information of an estimated 143 million Americans in the Equifax data breach. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSAV) – The South Carolina Department of Consumer fairs is urging people affected by the Equifax data breach to take steps to protect their private information.

“Consumers need to be extra vigilant when they get cold called when they get cold called or received emails pertaining to the Equifax security breach,” says Carrie Grube Lybarker, DCA, “If someone is asking for your personal information, do no give it.”

If affected, consumers are also advised to pull their credit reports, place a fraud alert on their accounts, and consider a reliable identity theft monitoring service.

An estimated 2.3 million South Carolina residents have been affected by the breach.

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