Urgent warning for Arkansans on Equifax and con artists

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Arkansans are being warned to be on alert to hacking and phishing attempts from con artists and criminals after the recently reported Equifax data breach.

In a news release issued on Monday, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said the scammers could try to reach potential victims both over the phone and online.

Rutledge, who has taken on a leading role and is working with other states as part of a thorough review, has learned that at least 1.2 million Arkansans may be impacted.
Attorney General Rutledge said, “Criminals are going to call and email Arkansans looking to exploit the exposure of their personal information. Just because someone calls claiming to be from Equifax or emails claiming to be a bank does not mean they are. Arkansans should stay vigilant as I work with other states to get to the bottom of how and why this data breach occurred.”
Arkansans should be on the lookout for phishing emails that claim to be Equifax and offering to check if your data is compromised, emails that claim a problem has occurred with a credit card or bank, calls or emails from a scammer claiming to be your bank and any unexpected charges on a credit or debit card.
If you have been a victim of identity theft, close accounts that have been tampered with or fraudulently opened and file a complaint with the FTC.

The Attorney General’s office also offers an ID Theft Passport to help victims reestablish their good name.
Arkansans can visit ArkansasAG.gov to get the latest information about the breach.

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