What Should I do Next to Protect Myself in the Equifax Breach
- Freeze Your Credit with ALL THREE credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. This will help prevent credit, loans and other services from being opened in your name without permission. The security freeze can be added online or by phone and each credit bureau may charge a fee depending upon your situation and state law.
- Sign up for credit monitoring: Enroll in the credit protection services offered by companies such as com, IdentityForce.com or CompleteID.com. Even if Equifax has claimed that your credit has not been compromised, you should seriously consider enrolling in a credit protection plan.
- Place fraud alerts at each credit reporting agency.
- Get a copy of your credit report from each credit agency and check for suspicious activity.
For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, check out the Q&A section of our recently launched Equifax Information Center. We are continually updating it in response to your questions.
- Corboy & Demetrio Partner Ken Lumb appeared live on WFLD-TV Fox32 Chicago on Sunday, Oct. 8th to discuss Former Equifax CEO Richard’s Smith congressional testimony and grilling by legislators and updates on the class-action lawsuit.
- Corboy & Demetrio Partner Ken Lumb was interviewed by the American Association for Justice’s Trial News about the class-action lawsuit. Read the full story in the publication’s Oct. 5th edition.
Last week, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, reintroduced her Secure and Protect Americans’ Data Act (SPADA). The bill would enhance data security and require prompt notification and ongoing assistance to consumers in the event of a breach.
Other Equifax News
As congressional hearings were well underway last week, the IRS announced that despite the data breach of personal information of at least 145 million Americans, it was awarding a no-bid multimillion contract to Equifax.
Read the AP story: Senators bewildered by Equifax contract with IRS after hack.
To receive information about the Equifax data breach or Corboy & Demetrio’s class-action lawsuit:
Kenneth T. Lumb joined Corboy & Demetrio as a Chicago personal injury and medical malpractice lawyer in 1995, after a tour of duty in the United States Army, and was named Partner in 2015. As a captain in the Army's Judge Advocate ...
Thomas A. Demetrio of Corboy & Demetrio is a trial lawyer with an emphasis on medical negligence, product liability, airplane crash and commercial litigation on behalf of plaintiffs. He is Past President of the Chicago Bar ...
William T. Gibbs is a partner at the Chicago personal injury and medical malpractice law firm of Corboy & Demetrio and concentrates his practice on cases arising from railroad negligence, automobile collisions, participation in ...