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What can you do if you were affected by the Equifax Security Breach?

September 20th, 2017 · No Comments · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

  • Get a copy of your credit report from AnnualCreditReport.com
  • Be on the lookout: Watch your mail for anything suspicious. Check your bank accounts for signs of fraud. Listen closely when applying for a loan or a government benefit for signs that someone else might be using your Social Security number. Get your annual Social Security benefits statement online and look for anything unusual.
  • Consider putting a security freeze on all your accounts — the most serious but most proactive step you can take. But take this step with great care. If you plan to shop for a car loan or a home loan any time soon, you probably shouldn’t do this, because security freezes lock credit report files so no one — not even you — can open a new credit account in your name.

 

Call for Credit Freeze:

TransUnion: 1-888-909-8872

Equifax: 1-800-349-9960

Experian: 1-888-397-3742

 

Further reading:

Credit repair, by Robin Leonard, 332.743 LEO

Swiped : how to protect yourself in a world full of scammers, phishers, and identity thieves, by Adam Levin, 364.1633 LEV

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