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Equifax data breach: Protecting your homes

Equifax data breach: Protecting your homes. (WRSP)

Hackers potentially got their hands on 143 million U.S. consumers’ personal information according to the credit reporting agency Equifax.

Equifax said the breach in their system potentially left consumers names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and even some driver's license numbers vulnerable.

It leaves people vulnerable to home title fraud, or house stealing. According to the FBI, this is when a scammer assumes your identity and transfers the title of your home or property into their name.

Sangamon County Recorder Josh Langfelder said suggests signing up for their Property Fraud Alert Program to protect your properties.

"With this in place, if somebody does come in and try to file a document against your name, against your property -- if you're signed up with Property Fraud Alert you'll automatically be notified,” Langfelder said. “It's a great avenue and tool for the community."

Sangamon County's Fraud Alert Program is free. All you need to do is provide your name and your preferred contact method.

To see other counties using the Property Fraud Alert Program, click here.

Equifax is offering a way to see if your personal information is potentially impacted.

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