Locals React to Equifax Data Breach

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - People who were protecting themselves when they enrolled for the credit reporting with Equifax may have put themselves more at risk for identity theft.

13's News goes on your side to show you the risks and how you can protect yourself.

"If someone is getting a hold of my identity, and screwing up my credit, more than it needs to be, I mean its hard enough to build that up, thanks a lot company,” Jessica Espinoza said.

An Equifax hacking left Espinoza, and 143-million other U.S. consumers at risk for identity theft, after information like social security numbers, birth dates, and address were breached.

"That's a big company, that’s Experian, Equifax, and all those guys are the ones that are on your report like when I purchase this car,” said one woman at a gas station.

How do you find out if your information is on the hacked list? You can go to www.equifaxsecurity2017.com and type in your name and the last 6 of your social.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt is also warning Kansans about the risk.

“This reported breach appears to be so large, and the compromised information so sensitive, that all Kansans should take a moment to focus on steps they can take to reduce the risk of identity theft while the investigation of this breach unfolds,” Schmidt said in a statement.

Schmidt also recommends placing a free fraud alert on your account- also available on Equifax.com, be sure to check your bank statements, and credit cards, and place a security freeze on your credit report.

Denise Groene with the Better Business Bureau has this advice.

"You can go to annualcreditreport.com to get your free report from all three credit reporting agencies, so make sure you’re checking that,” Groene said.

Espinoza says the breach is just one more thing have to worry about in the digital age.

"I mean on top of having to worry about everyday identity being stolen now I have a company releasing my identity to someone else, that's kind of upsetting,” Espinoza said.

More than 209,000 credit cards numbers were also stolen during Equifax's data breach.