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I'm guessing I am far from the only local person who got caught up in the hack of credit bureau Equifax. Dealing with a theft of personal information is not a new thing for me, as I got caught in a phishing scheme about 15 years ago, before most of us knew what phishing was.

I ran a credit report a few days ago, and found nothing out of the ordinary. I also went to the special website Equifax set up to figure out what the company was doing about it.

On Sunday, I went through the steps that the company had to get in on the free credit monitoring program being offered to those of us whose info may have been stolen. When I finished, I got a message that I would get an email with links to finalize my registration.

I expected to get that in a few hours. But here it is Thursday night, and it has yet to come.

I called the company's hotline set up for the debacle, and got a quasi-friendly, apathetic woman to answer my call and explain that the volume of emails has slowed the process down. It might be a few days longer.

That's not what anyone in this situation wants to hear at this point, that there's little I can do but sit here and wait. I know I could put credit freezes on my information, but read that the other credit bureaus have been overwhelmed by the blowback of this as well. I'm hoping that the law of averages, the fact that there are 143 million or so of us whose info was thieved, is the biggest protector here.

One thing I am sure of is that the class action lawsuit lawyers are circling like turkey vultures over roadkill. This one is so bad, Equifax may no longer exist when the litigation is all said and done.

-- Don Lehman

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