The Social Security numbers of roughly 145 million Americans—nearly
half of the U.S. population—were exposed after a breach at credit
report agency Equifax. While not all have been negatively affected, one
Washington woman claims that the breach has severely disrupted her life.
Katie Van Fleet, a Seattle native, says her identity has been stolen more
than a dozen times since the massive Equifax breach earlier this year.
Van Fleet has spent months trying to regain her stolen identity, receiving
letter after letter from Kohl’s, Macy’s, Home Depot, Old Navy
and other companies, all saying, “Thank you for your application,”
even though she never applied for credit at any of those stores. In total,
her identity has been stolen 15 times, and who knows what else there is
left to discover. Van Feel and her attorney have filed a class-action
lawsuit against Equifax for negligence.
In early September, Equifax said that millions of Americans may have been
affected by the data breach in which hackers stole Social Security numbers,
names, birth dates, addresses, driver’s license numbers and credit
card numbers. As a result, financial experts have advised all consumers—even
those who have never used Equifax—to monitor their credit reports
and consider freezing their credit, which restricts access to a borrower’s
In the weeks since the scandal unfolded in the public eye, Equifax has
been hit with a number of lawsuits that keeps growing, due to the severity
of the data breach. If you believe you had your data breached and are
considering a class-action lawsuit against Equifax or any other entity
at fault, please contact the
Philadelphia consumer class action attorneys at Golomb & Honik, P.C. Without a lawyer, you may not know how much
your case is actually worth and you may be tempted to settle for far less
than you need and deserve.
Call (215) 278-4449 or contact us online
for a free case evaluation and learn more about protecting your rights.