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Equifax victims may face another hassle in major purchases, like a new iPhone

Equifax victims may face another hassle in major purchases, like a new iPhone

Apple fans who froze their credit after the Equifax data breach may end up with another hassle on their hands if they try to get one of the new iPhones that can cost more than $1,000. People who did so and want to make any big purchase may find the same.

Since Equifax disclosed that 143 million Americans had their Social Security numbers and other personal data hacked, experts have encouraged people who may affected to put in place what's known as a credit freeze. That locks down a person's credit from being stolen by identity thieves — but could also mean delays and more fees for the Equifax victims who want to finance a new phone.

You can unfreeze your credit before a big...