Kansans concerned about Equifax breach

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 A data breach of the credit bureau Equifax has left the personal information of 143 million Americans vulnerable to hackers. Aubrey Campbell, a stylist in Old Town Wichita, says it is a hot topic at work. 

"Like, how they are worried about it and how they have to go through everything and make sure nothing was actually affected by it," said Campbell. 

Equifax keeps detailed financial records on all Americans to see if you are credit worthy to lend money to. It has information ranging from credit cards to student loans and even medical payments -- all of which can be used for identity theft. 

"With Equifax, no one chose or gave them the information to open up a credit bureau report. We all just have one," said Denise Groene, state director with the Better Business Bureau. 

The company's reaction to the breach has confused consumers even more. Initially, the company required people to give up their right to sue to even see if they were potentially involved. That has changed.

"A couple days ago, Equifax came back and said that that is incorrect and that if you sign up for their credit monitoring it does not waive your right," said Groene. 

Stu Dalziel is not surprised that the breach happened. 

"What can you really do about it? It's out there with every you do from Dillons to QuikTrip. I mean, your data is out there," said Dalziel. 

The Better Business Bureau recommends checking credit reports, something Campbell says she will probably do. 

"It is a little frustrating because, like, I only have one credit card and I'm just now starting to build my credit and just to think that I've been putting all that work into building my credit and it's nothing really I can do about it," said Campbell. 

KAKE News reached out to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to see if Kansas will file a class action lawsuit against Equifax. Schmidt's office says an investigation is underway but does recommend Kansans check their credit reports and even consider placing a freeze on their credit.

Click Here to check Equifax's website for a possible breach. 

Click Here for a free credit report from your choice of Equifax, Experian or TransUnion. 

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