Important Information Regarding the Equifax Data Breach

Equifax Inc. announced a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files. Based on the company’s investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017.  

The information accessed primarily includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers, were accessed.

Equifax has established a dedicated website to help consumers determine if their information has been potentially impacted and to sign up for complimentary credit file monitoring and identity theft protection for one year. The website also provides additional information on steps consumers can take to protect their personal information. Please visit https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com or contact a dedicated call center at 866-447-7559, which Equifax set up to assist consumers.

Below are some steps you can take to protect your identity:

  • Don’t respond to emails, texts or telephone calls asking for personal or financial information.
  • Frequently review account activity and immediately report unauthorized transactions.
  • Consider the benefits and drawbacks of credit freezes, which are more secure and longer-term than fraud alerts, but more restrictive.
  • Always use multi-factor authentication when available.
  • Update PINs and passwords, including email passwords, and follow best practices (i.e.: using long and complex phrases, and never re-using passwords).
  • Enroll and opt-in for transaction monitoring.
  • Enroll in Verified by VISA / MasterCard Secure Code.

Important Information Regarding the Equifax Data Breach

Equifax Inc. announced a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files. Based on the company’s investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017.  

The information accessed primarily includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers, were accessed.

Equifax has established a dedicated website to help consumers determine if their information has been potentially impacted and to sign up for complimentary credit file monitoring and identity theft protection for one year. The website also provides additional information on steps consumers can take to protect their personal information. Please visit https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com or contact a dedicated call center at 866-447-7559, which Equifax set up to assist consumers.

Below are some steps you can take to protect your identity:

  • Don’t respond to emails, texts or telephone calls asking for personal or financial information.
  • Frequently review account activity and immediately report unauthorized transactions.
  • Consider the benefits and drawbacks of credit freezes, which are more secure and longer-term than fraud alerts, but more restrictive.
  • Always use multi-factor authentication when available.
  • Update PINs and passwords, including email passwords, and follow best practices (i.e.: using long and complex phrases, and never re-using passwords).
  • Enroll and opt-in for transaction monitoring.
  • Enroll in Verified by VISA / MasterCard Secure Code.

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