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Published: Monday, September 18, 2017 @ 4:49 PM
ATLANTA — WSB-TV News anchor Craig Lucie hosted a special one-hour Q&A with consumer adviser Clark Howard Monday morning to answer questions on the Equifax data breach.
Questions came in on a variety of topics, and Howard was extremely passionate throughout. He gave advice on protecting credit, shared tips on which services to use and even spoke directly to Equifax executives and the company’s CEO.
At one point, Howard pointed directly into the camera and said, “Equifax, you are lame!”
It’s important to note that WSB-TV reached out to Equifax and offered company officials the opportunity to join the show. They declined.
Below are questions and Howard’s answers to some of the most-talked about topics.
What are we dealing with here?
“This is the ugliest data breach in the history of the digital era. There is nothing else that has ever happened that is like this. There have been some very large (breaches) of medical providers, and Yahoo had the largest worldwide breach. But the information gathered was never as broad or as deep as this. 143 million Americans, this is nearly two out of three American adults with a credit file.”
Will freezing my credit negatively affect my score?
“If you freeze your credit, it has no impact at all on your existing credit, and has zero impact on your credit score ... Freezing your credit will simply prevent a criminal from opening a new account as if they were you. That’s the whole purpose of freezing your credit.”
How do I freeze my credit?
“The first thing you should do is go to Credit Karma and sign up for their self-monitor. Freeze your credit with each of the three credit bureaus HERE.”
What form do I need to mail Equifax?
“Don’t mail a form to Equifax, do it online.”
What about paying to freeze credit?
“It’s idiotic and mean-spirited that we have to pay a fee to lock down our own credit when we never gave these companies permission to build these documents on us. We never gave them permission to sell off our information over and over again. They created the hazard for us, both economic and moral. And now we’re left with the mess to clean up. And we have to pay to clean up their mess! How insane is it?”
How has Equifax handled the breach?
“They have been tone deaf. They don’t know how to handle this because they don’t care about us. (It’s) new territory for them.”
What will happen in the next year or two?
“There’s going to be a role for Congress to play, and a role for other American companies to play.”
How long do you think this could last?
“These are the keys to the kingdom. These criminals have everything they need to take over your identity, and to do things as if they were you for the rest of your life.”
TEAM CLARK HOWARD’S CONSUMER ACTION CENTER
Libby Godwin, a volunteer with Team Clark Howard’s Consumer Action Center, said the center has been flooded with concerned callers.
“I’ve been here for 5 and a half years and it’s never been so busy,” Godwin told WSB-TV.
CAC Director Lori Silverman said the increase in calls is “unprecedented.”
“We’ve had over 1,000 calls per day,” she said. “We have a 100 percent phone use one call at a time.”
Click here to visit Clark Howard's official website, Clark.com.
Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 5:29 AM
FORT MORGAN, Ala. — An Alabama conservation group has issued a graphic warning after an endangered sea turtle was reportedly found dead, tangled in an old beach chair.
“This makes me so mad,” the post read. “How many hundreds of times do we have to ask people to pick their stuff up? It should just be common decency. I think I am going to print this out and carry it with me next time I have to ask.”
>> See the post here (WARNING: Graphic photo)
By Sunday morning, the post had been shared more than 2,700 times, prompting hundreds of comments.
“Come on, people, if you want to ‘adult,’ then be one and pick up after yourselves,” one commenter wrote. “This is their habitat, be mindful and respect it.”
“Please, please. Only leave footprints,” added another. “How do we make visitors understand this?”
Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 11:17 AM
Updated: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 4:23 PM
— If you are in the mood to scream over ice cream today, you’re in luck.
Today is National Ice Cream Day (finally), and ice cream joints across the country are offering sweet deals on your favorite flavor.
America’s favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate, according to the survey, followed by vanilla, butter pecan, cookies and cream, mint chocolate chip, cookie dough, strawberry, pistachio, rocky road, chocolate chip and cake batter.
Don’t see your favorite there? Maybe the deals below can help. Here’s the scoop on freebies and deals being offered to celebrate ice cream.
(Note: Not every restaurant in a chain may be honoring the deals, so be sure to check with local ice cream shops to confirm which deals are available before you go.)
Baskin-Robbins: Download the Baskin-Robbins app on National Ice Cream Day to get offers such as a buy one, get one free cone, .99 cent sundaes and $2 off a medium milkshake.
July is National Ice Cream Month! Celebrate once, twice or maybe even all thirty-one days with a festive frozen treat from Bruster’s! pic.twitter.com/zg4oQlJE10— Bruster's Ice Cream (@BrustersFresh) July 3, 2018
Bruster’s: Join the new Sweet Rewards loyalty program and get a $3 reward toward your ice cream purchase.
Carvel: Buy one cup or cone – any size – and get a second one free.
Dairy Queen: Get a free small Blizzard treat when you download the Dairy Queen app and register for an account.
Monkey Joe’s: Monkey Joe’s is hosting a special customer appreciation event on Sunday with free ice cream cups for each guest while supplies last.
PetSmart – Your dog can get a doggie ice cream at PetSmart locations that have a Pets Hotel on Saturday and Sunday.
Sub Zero Ice Cream: Come in Monday for $1 off regular ice creams from 5 to 8 p.m. at all locations.
Your Pie: Get free gelato on Sunday at participating restaurants.
Yogurtland: Buy one get one free from 1-6 p.m.
Mark your calendar and SAVE THE DATE for our National Ice Cream Day event on July 15th from 1-6PM!— Yogurtland (@Yogurtland) July 3, 2018
Join us, at a store near you, for a special BOGO (buy one, get one free) offer. pic.twitter.com/ig4WiYOBr8
Published: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 11:15 PM
— Want to keep your pup healthy? You may have to avoid certain foods, because some could cause heart disease, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration.
The agency issued a warning this week after assessing reports that have associated certain diets with cardiovascular disease.
Researchers found that pet foods with peas, lentils, potatoes and other legume seeds have been linked with instances of canine dilated cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle in dogs. The condition can enlarge the heart, often leading to heart failure.
Although the illness is typically found in larger breeds like great Danes and Newfoundlands, the FDA said “highly unusual” reports of dogs not vulnerable to the disease have contracted it.
“That’s why the FDA is conducting an investigation into this potential link,” the organization wrote in the statement. “The FDA has been in contact with the pet food manufacturers and the veterinary community to discuss these reports and will provide updates as more information becomes available.”
Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 3:55 AM
TITUSVILLE, Fla. — A teenage girl was airlifted to the hospital Saturday after possibly being bitten by something on Playalinda Beach in Florida, according to Brevard County Fire Rescue.
The 14-year-old girl came out of the ocean with a severe cut on her leg, firefighters said.
Officials said they have not yet determined if the cut was surfboard-related or from a “sea creature.”
The girl was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center, officials said.