WASHINGTON - For up to 143 million U.S. citizens who lost personal data in the breach of the Equifax credit bureau, here’s how criminals might take advantage:
They might try to buy a gun in your name. Or get a second mortgage on your house. They could lease a car by impersonating you, and crash it. They might steal your tax refund or Social Security check. Maybe they’ll get your health records.
That’s just for starters. For victims of the breach, headaches may recur for years. U.S. consumers are stricken by a new reality: Companies that gather personal data on them often are unable to protect that data.