BISMARCK (Valley News Live) The impact of the Equifax hack could be hitting close to home for hundreds of thousands of people in North Dakota. The North Dakota Attorney General says that more than 248,000 people in the state may have been affected by the data breach, and he is urging people to take immediate steps to protect against identity theft.
The hack is believed to have impacted more than 143 million Americans, possibly putting their names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, and even credit card numbers at risk.
“North Dakotans who are concerned that the security breach at Equifax may have exposed their personal information should take immediate steps to protect against identify theft by placing a fraud alert on their credit reports,” said Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.
Officials say a fraud alert warns legitimate creditors and service providers that there may be unauthorized use of someone's information.
The alert will last for 90 days.
Stenehjem also recommends consumers check Equifax’s website to determine if they are affected, but its important to do so from a secure computer. In order to check if you have been impacted, you must enter the last six digits of your social security number, but there is now a risk of doing that if your information has been compromised.
Stenehjem also emphasized that placing a security freeze on your credit file could stop anyone else from opening fake accounts.
Stenehjem says his office is continuing to review the data breach and will work to make sure Equifax provides relief to the people affected.