COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) – Morgan Mangan’s Thursday started as normal last week, but by 9:30 a.m. strange things began to happen.
“I think I got over one thousand phone calls on Thursday. My phone started going nuts. Every 10 to 15 seconds I was getting a phone call it wouldn’t stop,” said Mangan.
She also had about 200 spam emails.
“Most of them said something along the lines of we got your subscription or your opt in basically saying I had subscribed to whatever they were selling,” said Mangan.
Mangan immediately knew something was wrong and decided to check her bank account.
“Sure enough thousands of dollars had been pulled out of my savings account,” she said.
Bill McGuire with the Better Business Bureau said this could be a result of the Equifax breach.
“It’s maybe the hackers are starting to sell these social security numbers off,” said McGuire.
He said people still need to take precautions to protect themselves.
“Every adult who has credit is at risk. So the best thing to do is go in and do a credit freeze, get you some identity theft protection and then use also need to start using very tight passwords,” said McGuire.
Mangan said more has happened since the incident. Her husband’s credit card was breached and so was her PayPal account.
“It feels like it’s flipped me upside down and changing everything, and it was definitely scary and we just felt vulnerable because we still don’t know what’s next,” said Mangan.
She has since put a freeze on her credit, added identity protection, and has changed many of her passwords.
“We don’t know how they got the information. I don’t know what all they have and it’s just like I’m stopping it as it comes because I don’t know what’s next,” said Mangan.
McGuire said this should serve as a warning for everyone to take action now.
“This should be a lesson for everyone who has said ‘Eh, it’s just another hack,” said McGuire. “Everybody is at risk.”