Don’t fall for fake Equifax settlement sites, warns FTC

Don’t fall for fake Equifax settlement sites, warns FTC


Two years ago, we asked this question: Will the Equifax pain ever end?

We can now say that the answer is “Nope, probably not”.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last week said that just one week after it put up a site for people to check whether their data was exposed in the 2017 mega-breach, e-scum have put up bogus Equifax settlement claim sites.

At the legitimate FTC site, people can file a claim for benefits available under the settlement that the FTC and others reached with Equifax. An estimated 147 million potential claimants may be eligible for up to $425 million in compensation from the settlement.

The FTC says that in order to make sure you’re not handing over your personal data to crooks, start your claim at the official website: ftc.gov/Equifax.

Important notes from the FTC: You never have to pay to file a claim to get benefits from the settlement, so if somebody tries to call and talk you into filing a fee for a claim, they’re a scammer for sure.

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