Equifax Data Breach

Member Alert: Equifax Data Breach

Sensitive personal information for 143 million American consumers was exposed in the data breach at Equifax, one of the nation's three major credit reporting agencies. To see if your information was part of the data breach, visit Equifax's website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com.  Click on the "Potential Impact" tab and enter your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number.  The site will tell you if you've been affected by this breach.  Here are steps you can take to protect your personal information:

1) Check your credit reports from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion--for free--by visiting www.annualcreditreport.com.

2) Consider placing a fraud alert on your files.  A fraud alert warns creditors that you may be an identity theft victim and that they should verify that anyone seeking credit in your name is really you.

3) Consider placing a credit freeze on your files.  A credit freeze makes it harder for someone to open a new account in your name.  Keep in mind that a credit freeze won't prevent a thief from making changes to your existing accounts.

4) Monitor your existing credit cards and accounts closely for charges you don't recognize.

5) File your taxes early -- as soon as you have the tax information you need, before a scammer can file.  Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job.  Respond right away to letters from the IRS.

Visit Identitytheft.gov/databreach to learn more about protecting yourself after a data breach.

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