Equifax Data Breach
Here's what we know:
Approximately 143 million Americans’ personal information: Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and possibly driver’s license numbers have been accessed by hackers. The unauthorized access began mid-May and continued through July 2017. Equifax stopped the intrusion on July 29, 2017 and has been conducting a thorough investigation.
To find out if your information was compromised:
- Visit https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/potential-impact/
- Click Potential Impact tab
- You will be prompted to enter your last name and last six of your social security number
After submitting, you will receive a message indicating if your information has been impacted or not. If in fact it has, you will be prompted to sign up for a free credit monitoring and identity theft protection called TrustedID Premier, but you will not be able to enroll until the date provided. Currently the site is communicating next week for enrollment so the free service is NOT immediately available.
Don’t wait! Although Equifax’s security breach is out of our hands, we want you to know you have a way to protect yourself. We offer Secure Checking, one of our most valued checking accounts with IDProtect, identity protection services and resolution. IDProtect allows you to regularly monitor your financial accounts and billing statements. You will also receive credit reports that contain information about you, including what accounts you have and how you pay your bills. With the Credit File Monitoring feature, you can setup alerts when changes are being made to your credit report.
Be Extra Careful During This Time
In addition to opening a Secure Checking account and enrolling in IDProtect services, you may also act on the following to protect yourself now. Decide what’s right for you:
- Request an Initial 90 Day Fraud Alert or Active Duty Alert
- If you find out your information has been compromised AND has been used by someone other than yourself, you can put a freeze on your credit by contacting all three credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). To freeze your credit at all bureaus it may cost up to $25 for an individual. Also, please be aware that when you freeze your credit you will not be able to use your own credit for the 60-day freeze period.
For more information regarding the breach visit https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/. Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns.