The Equifax Breach Settlement Offer is Real, For Now

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Millions of people likely just received an email or snail mail notice saying they're eligible to claim a class action payment in connection with the 2017 megabreach at consumer credit bureau Equifax. Given the high volume of reader inquiries about this, it seemed worth pointing out that while this particular offer is legit (if paltry), scammers are likely to soon capitalize on public attention to the settlement money. One reader's copy of their Equifax Breach Settlement letter. They received a check for $6.97. In 2017, Equifax disclosed a massive, extended data breach that led to the theft of Social Security Numbers, dates of birth, addresses and other personal information on nearly 150 million people. Following a public breach response perhaps best described as a giant dumpster fire, the big-three consumer credit reporting bureau was quickly hit with nearly two dozen class-action lawsuits. In exchange for resolving all outstanding class action claims against it, Equifax in 2019 agreed to a settlement that includes up to $425 million to help people affected by the breach. Affected consumers were eligible to apply for at least three years of credit monitoring via all three major bureaus simultaneously, including Equifax, Experian and Trans Union. Or, if you didn't want to take advantage of the credit monitoring offers, you could opt for a cash payment of up to $125. The settlement also offered reimbursement for the time you may have spent remedying identity theft or misuse…

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