Nearly 12M Texans at Risk after Equifax Breach

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WESLACO – The personal information of millions of Texans is at risk following a hack to a major credit website.

The company, Equifax, is one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies. The breach happened from mid-May to July of this year.

The Texas Attorney General said Tuesday nearly 12 million people could potentially fall victims to criminals.

Hackers accessed names, Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses and in some cases, driver’s license numbers from credit reports.

Around 209,000 people had their credit card numbers stolen.

We spoke to the president of Code RGV, Drew Lentz. He said people are still vulnerable even if they’ve never used Equifax.

“Equifax is one of the top three major credit reporting agencies. So, they have information of you regardless if you use their service or not,” he said.

The Consumer Protection Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office encourages people to check their credit report and consider placing a credit freeze on their files.

If they decide against that, they can also consider placing a fraud alert.

Consumers should monitor their bank and credit card statements and be aware of fraudulent emails and telephone operators trying to verify their account information. 

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