If you were one of the 147 million people affected by the 2017 Equifax data breach, you can now check if you are eligible to file a claim online for $125, or more if you have personal damages from the attack. In total Equifax has agreed to pay at least $575 million, and up to $700 million in compensation to the victims. As you can see from the math, that isn’t enough for everyone to get $125, but not everyone is expected to file either.
This is definitely something to check out. I personally filed a claim, it took less than 5 minutes and ended with me choosing a $125 check or credit gift card. There is also an option of taking credit monitoring service for 6 months, but that is already provided for free from many websites, so the $125 is a clear choice here.
You can check out the .gov press release here – if you aren’t sure if this is real or safe, there is no way that someone hacked the Federal Trade Commission site to post a link to this, so here is proof that the compensation is real https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/cases-proceedings/refunds/equifax-data-breach-settlement
or go straight to the eligibility checker here https://eligibility.equifaxbreachsettlement.com/en/eligibility
Once you are on the eligibility checker website, you can enter your last name and last 6 digits of your social security number. If you are part of the 1/2 of Americans affected, you will see the following
Then you will be given several methods to file a claim
After, choosing to file online, type in your mailing information, no social security number, and take your place in line for $125. Good luck!