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PAGE 4 THE FLORALA NEWS- WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2017 i by Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall Two months ago, I began my column with the la- ment that consumer fraud has become so common that many people just don't pay enough attention to protecting themselves, However, the public is now paying attention. About the same time that I wrote those words, one of the largest credit report- ing agencies in the country detected a major data breach, potentially affecting 143 million people. The Equifax data breach is unparalleled for the amount of personal data potentially exposed. While last year's hack of email provider Yahoo! could have affected nearly 10 times as many peo- ple, the Equifax breach potentially places much more personal data at risk. For this reason, you should be taking steps to protect your informa- tion. Not surprisingly, opportunistic scammers have also sought to take advantage of public uncertainty over the Equifax data breach by sending out fake emails and robocatls pretending to be from Equi- fax. They often ask consumers to verify personal information, including one's date of birth and So- cial Security number. You should be aware that Equifax will not attempt to contact the public by emails, texts or phone calls. The Federal Trade Commission Offers the fol' lowing tips for consumers. Don't give out your personal information. Don't provide any personal or financial informa- tion unless you've initiated the call and it's to a phone number you know is correct. Don't trust caller ID. Scammers frequently spoof their numbers so it looks like they are calling from a particular company, government agency or m '1 am net a shill for Donald Trump, but I am proud to say i love America' President Donald Trump is taking heat for con- demning NFL players:who are using America's na- tional anthem to protest so-called police brutality. But, says Al IAC president Dan Weber, "could it be that Mr. Trump really believes citizens should respect the symbols of our democracy?" Weber. chief of the nation's largest conservative senior advocacy organization, the Association of Mature American Citizens, thinks that the presi- dent, "like most patriotic Americans, says what he means and meanswhat he says: 'sports fans should never condone players that do not stand proud for their national anthem or their country.' And, cer- tainly, no matter what the anti-Trump protesters may say are the reasons behind their antics, re- fusing to stand for the Star Spangled Banner is not a protest against police brutality; it's a protest against America." Weber said, "Celebrities and those in positions of power should not let their anger at wrongdoing turn into hatred against our country, whether it be real or perceived. Too many Americans of all races and creeds have died defending America, our flag and our national anthem to disrespect their sacri- fices. Outspoken, reasonable dissent is a right of all citizens and has made our nation strong since its founding. Stand up for causes in which you believe but stand up, too, for our homeland." Robert Tracinski, a senior writer at The Feder- alist, says the NFL player protests are part of a "resistance" movement against the president. In an article published in the Federalist earlier this week, Tracinski wrote: "The whole idea of 'taking the knee' began, from what [ can gather, as a way for a mid-grade quarterback to sulk about being benched. Then it turned, supposedly, into a sym- bolic protest against the injustice of police gun- law enforcement, even when they're not. If you get a robocall, hang up. Don't press 1 to speak to a live operator or any other key to take your number off the list. If you respond by press- ing any number, it will probably just lead to more robocalls. If you gave your personal information to an im- poster, it's time to change any compromised pass- words, account numbers or security questions. Verify your credit reports with all three credit bureaus, Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian, by visiting https://www.annualcreditreport.com. Monitor existing credit accounts closely. Check bank and credit card statements for unauthorized charges. Consider whether you want to sign up for cred- it monitoring services. Consider placing a freeze on your credit to make it harder for someone to open a new account in your name. You'll have to temporarily lift the freeze before you apply for a new credit card, cell phone or any service that requires a credit check. If you decide not to place a credit freeze, at least consider placing a fraud alert on your credit. Try to file your taxes early to help prevent scammers from doing so in your name, Tax Iden- tity Theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. Re- spond right away to letters from the IRS. As Alabama Attorney General, I joined with over 30 fellow Attorneys General from across the country in asking Equifax to halt its fee-based credit monitoring services to consumers as a re- sult of the data breach and to extend the period of signup for free credit monitoring until at least Jan- $ ning down innocent black men. This was originally in response to the 'hands up don't shoot' narrative about the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, a narrative that was comprehensively debunked by the Department of Justice civil-rights task force the Obama administration sent to Fer- guson." But President Trump has been denigrated for his position. Many individuals appearing on na- tionally televised news programs and quoted in major daily newspapers say his message is racist and that he is racist. In an interview broadcast on CNN, for example, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) called the president an "abject liar" and "clearly racist." ESPN anchor Jemele Hill called him a "white supremacist." The New Yorker accused Trump of practicing "racial demagoguery." And, a Miami Herald, article authored by Jenee' Oster- heldt, labeled him "a president who stands for op- pression." AMAC's Weber argues that the president is not a racist and that he, Weber, is not a "shill" for Don- ald Trump. "I am, however a person who loves the USA. It saddened me when President Obama went on his worldwide 'apology tour' at the beginning of his first term in office and was widely applauded by the left for his gesture. It gladdens me when Presi- dent Trump, at the outset of his presidency, stands up for America with the approval of a very large segment of the population. The plain and simple truth is that he saw the NFL protesters disgracing our national anthem and said something about it, much to the chagrin of his detractors." - The Association of Mature American Citizens [http://www.amac.us] is a vibrant, vital senior advocacy organization that takes its marching or- ders from its members. They act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests and offering a practical insight on how to best solve the problems they face today. Live long and make a difference by joining at http: / / amac.us /join-amac. uary 31, 2018. The company has agreed to do so. I also objected to Equifax's apparent use of its own data breach as an opportunity to sell its services to data breach victims. Furthermore, I objected to consumers being forced to pay for any security freezes to their credit accounts as they attempt to protect themselves from Equifax's data breach. At a minimum Equifax should be taking steps to re- imburse consumers who incur fees to completely freeze their credit. In response to complaints from consumers who have suffered long wait times to reach Equifax's call center, I asked Equifax to make its censure- er hotline available 24 hours a day and properly staffed to ensure shorter wait times. For more information about the Equifax breach, visit Equifax's website, www.equifaxsecurity2017. corn or contact their call center at 1-866-447- 7559. 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