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5 steps to protect yourself from the Equifax breach
Know the facts
- The Equifax data breach impacted as many as 143 million Americans.
- Information breached includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license and credit card numbers.
Find out if you were impacted
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- Less than 400,000 people in specific categories will receive a direct notification.
Take action to protect yourself
- Take advantage of Equifax’s free credit monitoring, which notifies you of any change to your credit file.
- Place a 90-day fraud alert with one of the three credit bureaus. They automatically notify each other, so placing with one, places it with all three.
- Find out if you have low-cost or free identity theft coverage through an insurance provider, bank, credit union or employer for help resolving any ID theft issues that may occur.
Don’t succumb to cyber fatigue
- Keep a positive, proactive attitude.
- Make sure you pay attention to alerts from your monitoring services.
- Watch financial statements – on paper and online – for unauthorized transactions.
- Be aware of potential phishing email, phone and snail-mail scams.
- Enable text and email alerts on all accounts.
- Act quickly if you see any unusual activity.
If ID theft strikes
- Contact your ID theft resolution provider for personal assistance.
- For Social Security number protection, contact the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-438-4338.