Are you one of them? If so, what should you do?
Addresses, social insurance numbers, and credit card details were compromised in the massive Equifax hack that hit 143 million Americans, and now we’ve learned 100,000 Canadians.
While 100,000 Canadian victims compared to the143 million Americans, seems quite small, if you’re one of the few whose confidential information was compromised, these numbers don’t matter.
Equifax set up a website for Americans to check whether their information was affected by the breach, but that website doesn’t work for Canadians! However, Equifax said that they’ll be sending notices out in the mail to all impacted customers, with instructions as to what to do. Credit card companies are also expected to reach out to those Canadians who were affected as well.
What’s not clear is whether those affected are limited to Canadians with dealings in the U.S. And you can only ask for a replacement SIN if you can prove to the Canadian government that it’s been fraudulently used.
In the meantime, take a proactive stance against identity theft:
For more information about what you can do, go to: https://www.consumer.equifax.ca/canada/equifaxsecurity2017/en_ca/
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