Equifax Data Breach Information
We are aware of the recently reported data security breach by Equifax, potentially involving the breach of 143 million consumers. Equifax is offering online assistance at: https://equifaxsecurity2017.com. Here, members can check whether their information has been potentially impacted. Additional information regarding the breach is available on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Consumer Information website at: consumer.ftc.gov.
Recommendations for Protecting Your Information
Various precautions can be made in order to keep your information safe and secure:
- Request free credit reports, and immediately dispute any unauthorized accounts.
- Closely monitor your financial account statements, and immediately dispute any unauthorized charges.
- Enroll in free credit reporting and monitoring services.
- Implement credit lock or freeze on your existing credit files.
- Place fraud alerts on your debit and credit card accounts to avoid fraudulent charges.
- Monitor potential credit activity in the names of your children.
- Be on guard for potential phishing emails. Do not open email messages or attachments from unknown senders and do not click on any unknown links. Never provide sensitive information via email. Fraudsters frequently send coercive or misleading emails that threaten account suspension or other action if sensitive information is not provided.
- Always check the accuracy of email addresses to confirm the sender is legitimate. Do not respond to email from spoofed email addresses (i.e., email addresses that appear correct, but make minor changes in the domain name, such as changing the letter O to the number zero).
- Remember that your financial institution will not ask you to verify account information via email.