Was your personal data exposed in the 2017 Equifax data breach? If so, you can now file a claim to get back any money spent or lost in the breach. According to the settlement, you may file to recover money that you spent to protect yourself from identity theft and on credit monitoring following the Equifax data breach. Also, if you signed up for credit monitoring, you can now file a claim for $125 to cover that expense.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Equifax reached an agreement for Equifax to pay at least $575 million and up to $700 million to compensate those whose personal data was exposed with the breach of the Equifax servers.  You can claim to be compensated for the costs of recovering from the security breach according to the settlement – including any costs associated with the theft of your identity and freezing and unfreezing your accounts. – and compensation of unauthorized charges to your banking accounts. The agree has capped payout $20,000.

The hackers that executed the Equifax data breach were able to access personal information on the credit report servers of 147 million consumers, including their social security numbers, driver’s license information, as well as birthdates.

A claim may also be submitted to cover the expense of protecting yourself from identity theft following the breach. You can file multiple claims if you are already signed up for credit monitoring, you may file for $125 instead.

You have until January 22, 2020, to file your claim.

To begin the claims process:

  • Check if your data was included in the breach. CLICK HERE

If you find that your personal information was included as being part of the hack:

  • Gather all documents and files that support your claim and show your expenses and losses related to the hack.

The FTC has stated that they are finding fake settlement websites, so make sure that you are using the real Equifax settlement site before you start to file any claims. 

How to file a claim for the Equifax breach settlement:

Use the official online tool you can use to check if you were part of the Equifax breach.

  • Enter your last name and last six digits of your social security number to see if your data was part of the hack.
  • If you and your data were part of the breach, head to the Equifax Data Breach Settlement website to file a claim to get back the money.
  • You can mail your claim or have a claim form mailed to you if you rather not use the site.
  • To complete your claim, select which benefits you are eligible for and gather the documents you need to support your claim — including bank and credit card statements showing unauthorized charges, costs of freezing and unfreezing your account and fees paid to professionals such as accountants and lawyers to help with the theft.

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