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APD Weighs In on Equifax Breach

The Amarillo Police Department is weighing in on what residents should do following the data breach of credit reporting service Equifax.

Earlier this month, Equifax, one of the nation's top three credit reporting services, was breached. The breach is expected to potentially expose information from the 143 million Americans with credit reports, according to the Federal Trade Commission. FTC reports say that names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver’s license numbers were accessed by hackers during the breach. Credit card numbers and personal information from customers in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom were also breached.

APD issued a report today saying that one report has been filed in Amarillo and that not all cases will require police reports.

"We want to clarify to everyone that just because your information has been exposed does not mean you need to file a police report," APD wrote in the report, "The APD cannot pursue charges unless you have had an actual loss of money, an account has been opened using your information, or someone has obtained credit in your name."

For more information, you are asked to visit consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/09/equifax-data-breach-what-do

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