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Special Alert - Equifax Breach

September 19, 2017

Equifax Breach: Take Steps Now to Manage the Risk

On September 7 it was announced that Equifax® was attacked by a cybersecurity breach that resulted in the exposure of an estimated 143 million consumers’ private information. This breach includes consumers’ names, SSNs, birth dates, addresses and driver’s license numbers, as well as 209,000 stolen card numbers and private data from 182,000 stolen dispute documents. 
 
Here is what the professionals are recommending you do: 
  • Closely monitor all credit accounts and loans and report any suspicious activity on any one of those accounts. 
     
  • Sign up for fraud alerting services offered by the three credit bureaus to receive notifications about potentially fraudulent activity: 
Equifax 
TransUnion 
Experian
 
  • Sign up for free credit monitoring services, to monitor and report unauthorized activity. 
     
  • Place a freeze on all three credit bureau accounts to prevent fraudsters from opening new accounts.
Just know if you place a freeze on your account, you must unfreeze it before applying for credit which doesn’t happen immediately and in some (most) cases the bureau will charge a fee for freezing and unfreezing your account.
 
  • Sign up for email/text alerts with live card activity through smsGuardian with Trona Valley’s website: 
Tronavalley.com
Resources
smsGuardian
 
  • Visit Equifax’s data breach response site, which contains up-to-date information about this data breach. 
     
  • Access Equifax’s newly created “hack-checker” tool to find out if you were among those impacted by this breach. 
     
  • Visit the FTC’s page on the Equifax breach to learn about what happened and what to do. 
     
  • Visit the FTC’s identity theft website to learn what steps to take in response to proven identity theft.
We will continue to keep you updated on any new information as we continue to monitor the Equifax cybersecurity breach.