As you may have already seen in the news, Equifax announced a massive criminal security breach last Thursday that potentially compromised the personal data of 143 million consumers, including names, birth dates, addresses, Social Security numbers and some credit card numbers. You may be wondering if there is anything you need to do in response.
First, to determine if you have been impacted, you can go to www.equifaxsecurity2017.com and click on “Potential Impact”. You will be asked to enter your last name and the last 6 digits of your Social Security number. Whether or not you were directly impacted, Equifiax will give you free identity theft protection and credit file monitoring to all U.S. consumers for one year from Trusted ID. If you’re interested, you must enroll through the Equifax website by November 21, 2017.
In addition to identity theft protection and credit monitoring, you can take the following steps:
If you’d like to take any of these steps you can visit the respective websites of each credit bureau or call customer service. Here is a list for your convenience:
As always, if you have any immediate questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email or call us at 713-871-9800