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RI Attorney General joins multi-state investigation into Equifax breach

This July 21, 2012, photo shows Equifax Inc., offices in Atlanta. Credit monitoring company Equifax says a breach exposed social security numbers and other data from about 143 million Americans. The Atlanta-based company said Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, that "criminals" exploited a U.S. website application to access files between mid-May and July of this year. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced Wednesday that he's joining several other states that are investigating what led to a massive data breach at Equifax.

The sensitive information of 143 million Americans, including social security numbers, birthdays and credit card numbers, was exposed when the credit monitoring giant was hacked in late July.

As the investigation gets underway, Kilmartin’s office says consumers should:

  • Be leery of emails, calls and text messages asking to confirm personal or financial information
  • Never give out sensitive information
  • Check your financial accounts daily for suspicious activity
  • Equifax also announced today its waiving credit locking fees through Nov. 21
  • Locking your credit is the most effective way to prevent identity theft

To lock your credit report, click here.

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