NORTH AURORA – Cybersecurity and consumer protection advice was provided by state Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, and a representative from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office at Messenger Public Library in North Aurora.
They gave information on how to avoid scams and what to do if one’s personal information was compromised in the recent Equifax data breach, according to a news release.
“When the Equifax data breach occurred in September, many of my constituents were left without answers,” Chapa LaVia said in the release. “Having this event allowed me to bring experts from Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office to answer questions on credit freezes and other ways to protect yourself from identity theft.”
Chapa LaVia and Berenice Martinez of the Attorney General’s Office encouraged people to check whether or not their information was compromised by visiting the Equifax website at equifaxsecurity2017.com and to protect themselves by signing up for a credit freeze and requesting an annual free credit report.
In addition to discussing identity theft, Chapa LaVia and Martinez provided information on avoiding online and phone scams.
For information on scams and identity theft, call the attorney general’s Identity Theft Hotline at 866-999-5630 or Consumer Fraud Hotline at 800-386-5438.
For information on Chapa LaVia’s other upcoming seminars and events, contact her constituent service office at 630-270-1848 or LindaChapaLaVia@IL83Dist.com.