On Thursday, September 7, 2017, Equifax announced a data breach that could impact 143 million US consumers. The following information may have been included: names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 consumers may have been breached as well.
Equifax is offering Free Identity Theft Protection and Credit File Monitoring offered by Equifax to all U.S. Consumers. To learn more:
- Visit www.equifaxsecurity2017.com to find out if your personal information may have been impacted.
- Enroll in Free Identity Theft Protection and Credit File Monitoring offered by Equifax to all U.S. Consumers
- Or call Equifax at 866.447.7559 (open daily 7:00a.m. – 1:00 a.m. EST)
In addition, here are a few other things you can consider:
- Place a 90-day fraud alert on your credit file by calling one of the three credit reporting companies listed below. This will alert all lenders and creditors that they need to take extra steps to verify that you have authorized any credit-related activities
- Place a Security Freeze on your credit file to prevent lenders and others from accessing your credit report in its entirety, which will prevent them from extending credit.
- Receive a FREE copy of your credit report by visiting www.annualcreditreport.com or calling 877.322.8228. Once you receive your credit reports, review them for discrepancies. Identify any accounts you did not open or inquiries from creditors that you did not authorize. Verify all information is correct. If you have questions or notice incorrect information, contact the credit reporting company.
- Obtain additional information about identity theft and ways to protect yourself by visiting www.experian.com and watch this short video on how to protect your identity.
- You can also contact the Federal Trade Commission at 877.438.4338; TTY: 866.653.4261
- Set up alerts through Online Banking to monitor your accounts and cards
- Add an account password that Financial Partners representatives can ask for to ensure your security with every account inquiry over the phone or in a branch. To set yours up, call us at 800.950.7328.
Whether your data was compromised or not, a good rule of thumb is to assume it was and be vigilant. Monitor your accounts for strange transactions, proactively set up alerts to notify you of transactions and review your credit at least annually. We can help you with your Financial Partners’ accounts. Give us a call at 800.950.7328 or visit a branch near you.