Equifax Inc. has agreed to pay as much as $700 million to resolve federal and state investigations into the 2017 data breach that jeopardized the privacy of more than 147 million people. If you were affected by the Equifax breach you may qualify for $125 or up to 10 years of free credit monitoring. If you were the victim of fraud or identity theft as a result of the breach you could be compensated up to $20,000.
If you do the math, the amount Equifax agreed to pay adds up to around $4.76 per person and that’s because Equifax is betting that most people won’t file a claim. You can actually receive $125 or more and it’s really easy to do so prove them wrong!
A website called equifaxbreachsettlement has been erected by the Settlement Administrator (not Equifax) to make filing a claim seamless. However, get $125 from Equifax you first have to find out if you are eligible to make a claim. Click here to find out if you are eligible. You will need to supply your last name and the last 6 digits of your social security number.
If you are eligible to file a claim, follow the instructions below:
- Go to https://www.equifaxbreachsettlement.com/
- Click the FILE A CLAIM TODAY button
- Choose to file a claim online, submit a hard copy, or contact the Settlement Administrator and have a claim form mailed to you
- If you have chosen to file a claim online, make sure to pay close attention to the instructions, and fill out the form with your information