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Check here for information about common scams, data breaches and other security threats.

Data Breaches



Updates on known data breaches


September 7, 2017

According to Equifax, the company's database was breached through a vulnerability on its website, exposing the personal information of an estimated 143 million people. The company thinks the hack happened some time between mid-May and the end of July.

If you have a credit record, you should visit Equifax’s website,

  • Find out if your information was exposed. Click on the “Potential Impact” tab and enter your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number. Your Social Security number is sensitive information, so make sure you’re on a secure computer and an encrypted network connection any time you enter it. The site will tell you if you’ve been affected by this breach.
  • Whether or not your information was exposed, U.S. consumers can get a year of free credit monitoring and other services. The site will give you a date when you can come back to enroll. Write down the date and come back to the site and click “Enroll” on that date. You have until November 21, 2017 to enroll.

North Carolina residents may also obtain information from the North Carolina Attorney General's office:

9001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-9001


Scam Alerts



Information on current scams and frauds

Scam alerts from the Federal Trade Commission 

Scam alerts from the FBI

Scam alerts from the North Carolina Department of Justice  

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