In the wake of last week’s announcement by Equifax that personal information of more than 143 million Americans may have been stolen by hackers, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem urges North Dakotans to take immediate steps to protect against identity theft.
“I have learned from Equifax that more than 248,000 North Dakotans may have been affected,” Stenehjem said. Customer information that was potentially stolen includes names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, and in some cases, credit card numbers.
“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 Stenehjem.
A fraud alert is effective for ninety days and alerts legitimate creditors and service providers to the potential unauthorized use of a consumer’s information.
The Attorney General’s website has information on how to file a fraud alert, at https://attorneygeneral.nd.gov/.