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Published: Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 3:34 AM
ATLANTA — Two class-action lawsuits have been filed on behalf of customers affected by a massive breach at Equifax.
Officials with the Atlanta-based credit reporting and technology company said a “cyber security incident” may have exposed the personal information of 143 million U.S. consumers.
The data that might have been accessed includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses.
Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes has partnered with a Florida firm for a class-action lawsuit.
"This is not a windfall thing. These are real damages and real fears that folks have," he said. "There's no telling, but I guarantee you most of this information was auctioned off in just a matter of hours."
Barnes said that if you've been compromised, you are automatically a part of the class-action suit unless you opt out.
"You don't have to do anything. We have class representatives and there will come a time when we'll contact folks," he said.
He said he is going after what it takes to make things right.
"What the money should be is what is necessary to hire someone to straighten out your credit so that you don't disrupt your life forever," he said. "And some money for the fact that (Equifax) negligently, and in violation of several federal statutes, allowed for this information to get out."
Barnes said among many demands is that Equifax have its security audited, tested and trained and that the company purges information it doesn't need.
WSB-TV's Nicole Carr visited the Clark Howard Consumer Action Center, where volunteers have received nearly three times their normal call volume with concerns about Equifax.
Volunteers said more than 500 calls came in Wednesday and 99 percent of them were about Equifax.
"I've been here for 20 years. This is the busiest day we've had," said Consumer Action Center volunteer Lori Silverman.
She said volunteers are working to ease fears about the data breach.
"Because 140 million people are trying to freeze their credit, the sites are crashing and they're unable to thaw their credit. That's a difficult situation to be in," she said. "We're recommending (everyone) hang tight. Hopefully, all of the hysteria will slowly go away and within the next couple of weeks you'll be able to freeze your credit."
The Consumer Action Center recommends you freeze your credit through Credit Karma. Equifax has rescinded fine print that kept consumers from suing them if they signed up for their free credit file monitoring and identity theft protection.
"Now they say they're backing off of that, but I would advise everybody: Do not interact with Equifax right now," Barnes said.
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.