If you read this, you – or people you know – were probably affected by thewhich exposed 147 million people to hackers' personal information. (To verify that you were part of the breach and are therefore entitled to claim for reimbursement of losses and expenses, visit the official website for data breach resolution where you enter your last name and the last six digits of your social security Number on the online form.) And if you were involved in the infringement, you probably know that you may be entitled to compensation for the costs and time spent repairing them between the Equifax class action lawsuit and the Federal Trade Commission of the infringement.
The comparison allows you to submit claims for multiple benefits. So, when you submit for a service, you can not receive any additional benefits. And you have until January 22, 2020 to make an application.
While most claims that you can apply for are straightforward, you have at least one application to choose from:. It's tempting to accept cash, but first think about what options you have.
Should you take the $ 125 or free credit check?
You can file a claim for 10 years of free credit monitoring or, instead, apply for a $ 125 payment if you already have a service that performs credit monitoring when you apply for it. The following should be considered in the selection.
Option 1: Take the money after six months of surveillance and keep everything that is left after six months. To claim the $ 125, you must confirm that you are using a credit monitoring service at the time your claim is submitted and keep it for six months.– or you can use a free service such as – but if you choose one of the cheaper services, you can $ 60 or so away.
Option 2: Sign up for 10 years of credit monitoring and sleep better. $ 125 is a good sum. Ten years of acould add up to $ 1,200 to $ 3,600 over time. Which is a bigger sum.
Of course, the choice you make is entirely up to you. We can not do it for you.
If you are the type who would like to hedge your bets, it would be good to sign up for a service for six months and then request payment. And if you're worried about identity theft and fraud at night, free 10-year surveillance may be the right choice to calm down. Whichever way you go, your choice does not preclude you from claiming for other benefits.