INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana officials are warning consumers to take caution while searching websites to determine if they were impacted by the recent Equifax data breach settlement.
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill issued the warning Tuesday in the wake of the company's 2017 announcement of the breach that impacted 147 million people.
Anyone seeking to file claims at the new Equifax settlement website must absolutely make certain they are on the correct site. Verify that you have received the proper website address from a trusted source such as the @FTC. Visit the correct site here ---> https://t.co/NIYQhwmDQp pic.twitter.com/rbCHmtyR7h— Curtis T. Hill, Jr. (@AGCurtisHill) July 30, 2019
Hill said scammers have been creating fake websites that imitate the appearance of the legitimate Equifax website that allows users to file claims.
The website www.equifaxbreachsettlement.com is authentic. (See the Federal Trade Commission’s recent post about this website.)
Would-be scammers, however, have begun setting up imposter websites – misspelling “breach” as “breech” in one URL, for example, and misspelling “settlement” in other web addresses.
Online scammers imitating other websites are often engaged in “phishing” — an effort to get people to reveal such personal data as credit card numbers.
Consumers who believe they are the victims of scam attempts are asked to report them to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-800-382-5516 or going online at www.in.gov/attorneygeneral and clicking the “File a Complaint” box at the bottom of the page.