Better Call Jackson: What to do about the Equifax hack

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Financial and cyber experts warn the Equifax hack has the potential to haunt Americans for decades!

And every adult should assume their information was stolen: Names, social security numbers, date of births, addresses, driver’s license numbers and 200 thousand credit cards.

Amid a public backlash, Equifax says, customers who sign up for one year of free credit monitoring and theft protection, will not surrender their rights to sue.

Experts say, all adults should sign up for fraud alerts from Equifax and the other two credit agencies: Experian and Transunion.

Better Call Jackson has received a lot several phone calls from local consumers who want to know more about the breach.  is the site Equifax wants consumers to use.  If it shows your information has been compromised, you will be given a date were you can enroll in a security program.

Here’s what you need to do if your information was stolen,

-Consider paying for an identity theft monitoring service.

-Also setup fraud alerts on your bank and credit cards.

-Consider freezing your credit report so only companies you already do business with have access.Criminals will be locked out, but you’ll need to unfreeze it when you need a legitimate credit check. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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