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Beware scammers imitating Equifax settlement website

Equifax settled with the US Federal Trade Commission over its 2017 data breach, which affected 147 million Americans. | Credit: CNN
Equifax settled with the US Federal Trade Commission over its 2017 data breach, which affected 147 million Americans. | Credit: CNN

Scammers are creating fake websites to trick consumers looking to file a claim with Equifax in the wake of the 2017 data breach.

Posted: Jul 30, 2019 6:08 PM
Updated: Jul 30, 2019 6:14 PM

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.

SEARCH: Find out if you're impacted by the Equifax data breach

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.

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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.

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