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Recently, I received important information from the office of Maryland's Attorney General, Brian Frosh, regarding a settlement that was reached with Equifax due to a security breach which potentially compromised the credit and credit reports of thousands of Marylanders.

 I hope you find this information helpful. It is recommended that you go to the link below that allows you to determine if you were affected by this data breach.I certainly hope you are not a victim.

 Please let me know if you have any questions.

 Best wishes,


 Message from the Maryland Office of the Attorney General:

 We recently announced the nationwide settlement with Equifax and are writing to provide you with some information about how you can take advantage of the settlement terms. Filing a claim for relief is pretty simple and can be done online at  The Claims Administrator has taken steps to protect the information that you provide in connection with the filing of a claim.

 The settlement allows claimants to obtain the following:

 •       Free credit monitoring services for 10 years or a payment in the amount of $125 if you have already purchased credit monitoring services.

 •       Free Identity Theft Restoration services to all affected consumers.

 •       Affected consumers are also  eligible to request the following types of reimbursements from the settlement fund:

  •  Reimbursement for time spent trying to avoid or recover from identity theft (up to 20 total hours at $25 per hour); and
  • Reimbursement for money spent trying to avoid or recover from identity theft (such as costs for freezing your credit report, professional fees paid to address identity theft, postage, etc.).

 The website also has a lookup tool that consumers can use to determine whether they were affected by the data breach.  If you have questions about what to do to protect your identity, including how to freeze your credit, you can reach out to Jeff Karberg, in the Attorney General’s Identity Theft Unit either by calling (410) 576-6491 or via email at

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