A data breach that occurred at one of the largest, and most widely used credit monitoring services could mean difficult times ahead for the 147 million consumers who were affected. After the announcement about this breach by Equifax, a global settlement was agreed upon to assist with the after affects of the personal information exposure. This agreement was reached in concordance with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, The Federal Trade Commission, and all of the 50 states and territories in the United States.
Many people were not aware that this event took place, but the company wanted to ensure that everyone that they service had the opportunity to check if they were included in any mishaps concerning their personal information. An application will need to be filed by every consumer whose credit was monitored by the Equifax company. These services may not have been provided to an individual personally, but by other businesses who required a credit rating, or some other service that involved using a consumer’s personal information to obtain information.
To start the claim filing process, you can first check your eligibility by using a user friendly tool to look up your status by entering your last name, and social security number’s last six digits. You will then find out if your personal data was comprised. If you were affected, click on the button that says, File a Claim. The process will only take five minutes unless you are filing for reimbursement for money and time spent because of the breach. Read through the instructions carefully, and fill out your requested information. This is a basic step. Once that is complete, move on to the next page to claim for damages. You will have the option of choosing between free credit monitoring, or a cash payment. The free monitoring service will be provided by on of the other credit monitoring services, and can be for up to four years.
Follow the instructions precisely, and review your claim before submitting it. If you are claiming for time loss, you may have to show proof, so be ready to provide documents is they are requested. Equifax has made this process easy for all consumers who were affected which shows a great deal of remorse on their behalf.