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FBI prepared to help cyber breach victims

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Close to 143 million American consumers were warned their Social Security numbers and personal information could be at risk after Equifax revealed a cyber security breach last week.

"It not only affects a lot of people across the country but here in the Valley," said Todd Werth, supervisory special agent with the FBI Youngstown office.

 Werth says cyber security is a top priority and focus for FBI and offices across the country, including Youngstown, handle these cases. 

"Here in the Valley, we might cover leads based upon an investigation, whether it's national and there's anything in our three counties here that we would address and go talk to people," Werth said.

Werth says the FBI has recruited highly trained professionals to investigate cyber security cases and they work with outside specialized agencies too.

Financial experts at Apprisen Financial in Warren recommend consumers check the Equifax website to find out if they're among the millions of victims. 

They urge consumers to begin taking steps to secure their personal information.

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