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Equifax Breach

Here's the Scoop:

If you have a credit report, there’s a good chance that you’re one of the 143 million American consumers whose sensitive personal information was exposed in a data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies.

Here are the facts, according to Equifax. The breach lasted from mid-May through July. The hackers accessed people’s names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers.

Our Action:

When you visit or call us, we will not use the last 4 digits of your Social Security or date of birth. We will ask you questions that only you would know about your relationship with us. Then you can establish a password or security question for future contact with us. This first contact may seem tedious but critical to keeping your account safe. 

What can you do?

  • Go to www.equifaxsecurity2017.com to check whether you are one of the 143 million people whose data may have been compromised.
  • You can place a credit freeze on your files which makes it harder for someone to open a new account in your name. This won't prevent a thief from making charges to your existing accounts.
  • If you don't want to do a credit freeze, consider placing a fraud alert on your files. A fraud alert warns creditors that you may be an identity theft victim and that they should verify anyone seeking credit in your name is really you. 
  • Reset passwords, PIN codes and other log-in credentials on financial accounts that may be vulnerable.
  • Establish credit monitoring service through Equifax or through other service providers.
  • Check your credit reports from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — for free — by visiting annualcreditreport.com. Accounts or activity that you don’t recognize could indicate identity theft. 
  • Monitor your existing credit card and bank accounts closely. Check your financial accounts on a regular, frequent basis. Be skeptical about email and telephone calls offering assistance especially from businesses you don't recognize.