The Equifax Headlines: Free Money?
If you’ve been paying attention to the news recently, you have most likely noticed the plethora of headlines boasting the opportunity to claim a free $125 from Equifax, one of the three national credit bureaus that experienced a massive security breach nearly two years ago, in September 2017. To give a brief overview of the situation: Equifax has agreed to pay nearly $700 million to settle federal and state investigations into how the company handled its massive data breach that affected over 50% of Americans. The settlement states that an individual who had his or her data hacked is eligible to receive either up to ten years of free credit monitoring or claim a $125 payment. To determine if you are among the more than 140 million Americans whose information was compromised by the Equifax breach, use the Equifax claim verification form (this takes less than a minute to do!). After determining your status, the next question is, should you go for the $125 and never look back or sign up for the ten years of free credit monitoring? One thing is for sure: do something! Jack Gillis, Executive Director of the Consumer Federation of America, says “There should be no reason whatsoever not to file,” as the process is quite quick and easy.