Consumer Column

Equifax Data Breach Impacts Additional 2.4 Million Americans

BATON ROUGE, LA – With reports of an additional 2.4 million people being impacted by the 2017 Equifax data breach, Attorney General Jeff Landry is reminding consumers how to protect their identities from being compromised.

Last year, General Landry issued a 
Public Service Announcement listing what type of information may have been compromised in the Equifax breach as well as tips on what people should do to keep their information safe. The latest update from the company is additional consumers had their names and partial driver's license numbers stolen by the attackers not their Social Security numbers.

“It is unfortunate that this incident is still affecting Louisiana consumers and devastating families and businesses,” said General Landry. “My office has been and will continue working diligently to help the people of Louisiana who may have had their information compromised as a result of this breach.”

“Protecting Louisiana consumers is a top priority for me and my office, and that is why I joined other Attorneys General in a letter to Equifax explaining the types of complaints we have received,” continued General Landry. “We encourage consumers to take precautions and know the immediate steps to make in the event of a data breach.”  

General Landry offered the following tips to protect consumers’ identities in the event of a data breach:

  • Pull your credit reports checking for any new accounts you have not opened, any suspicious usage on existing accounts, or any inquiries you did not initiate. Check your credit reports from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion for free by visiting
  • Consider freezing your credit reports which makes it more difficult for someone trying to open a new account in your name. Know that Equifax Security Freeze fees will be waved for the immediate future.
  • Monitor your credit card accounts looking for charges you do not recognize and report suspicious charges right away. If you do not recognize accounts or activity on your credit report, visit
  • Place a fraud alert which notifies businesses to take additional steps in confirming your identity before granting credit.
  • File your taxes early to ensure that you have the tax information needed to do so before the scammer does.
For more tips on consumer-related issues, visit or call General Landry’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-351-4889.

Coming soon, the attorney's general office seeks to provide a mechanism by which to take online payments for collections.