Equifax Breach May Impact Millions of Consumers
Last week, the credit reporting bureau, Equifax, announced a data breach that could impact 143 million customers. Equifax recommends consumers visit www.equifaxsecurity2017.com or call 1-866-447-7559 to determine the potential impact.
In addition, consider taking these additional steps recommended by the Colorado Credit Union to help protect your personal information:
- Review your credit report annually and check for any unauthorized charges or accounts. You can access your free credit report every 365 days: annualcreditreport.com
- If necessary, you can request a temporary credit freeze by calling the three credit bureaus once every 90 days. Be prepared to take additional steps when obtaining new credit during a credit freeze.
- Equifax 1-800-349-9960
- Experian 1-888-397-3742
- TransUnion 1-888-909-8872
- Monitor all credit accounts on a regular basis, at least once per month. Take advantage of account notification texts and/or email alerts.
- File your taxes as early as possible since tax fraud often occurs early in the tax season. Scammers can use your social security number to obtain a fraudulent tax refund.
For additional tips and advice for your unique situation, call your financial advisor. We are here to help!