Scammers using fake websites to prey on Equifax breach victims

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Equifax confirmed reports that it had a separate cybersecurity incident in March, months before the massive data breach that exposed personal information of millions of Americans.

Reports suggest the first attack may have been carried out by the same group of hackers, but Equifax said it did not involve the same intruders.

Now, many are running into scammers using website links closely resembling the one used to check the breach. This is the real website; only use it to check if you were part of the breach.

State officials are warning others, hoping to stop further damage to personal information.

Right after the website was registered to check on the breach, scammers created hundreds of websites with links that look very similar to the real one, sometimes only off by one number.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slattery said he's concerned more than 3 million Tennessee residents may have had personal information stolen in the breach. He's urging the credit reporting firm to extend its free credit freezes past the current deadline of November 21.

The correct link to the website is www.equifaxsecurity2017.com. Do not click on any other websites.

You can read his statement below:

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III today expressed in a letter to credit reporting firm Equifax his deep concern that the personal information of over 3 million Tennessee residents has been stolen by unauthorized individuals, leaving consumers vulnerable to identity theft and financial loss. In doing so, he added his voice to those of several other attorneys general who recently wrote to Equifax with similar concerns.

Mississippi AG Jim Hood warned residents in his state to use extra caution as well. His statement is below:

Attorney General Jim Hood is warning consumers to use extra caution when accessing information telling them if they have been impacted by the recent Equifax data breach.

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