Equifax Breach – September 2017
Equifax, one of the three major consumer credit reporting agencies, recently reported a data breach that potentially compromised sensitive and personal information of 143 million American consumers, including birth date, Social Security numbers, and driver’s license numbers.
If you are concerned about your information
Equifax has created a website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com, to help you determine whether your data is at risk. The website will ask for your last name and the last six digits of your SSN. Once you enter this information, a message will show whether you may or may not have been affected by the compromise. If you are at risk, the website will provide you with a date to come back to the site and enroll in their free credit monitoring system.
Century Heritage also recommends the following:
- Review your monthly or quarterly statements for any credit card accounts you may have.
- Pull your credit history with free credit reports.
- If you get a letter from Equifax stating that your information was compromised, you can request a Fraud Alert or credit freeze on your credit by contacting Equifax directly.
It is not certain if the compromised information will be used at all; however, it is important to remain vigilant and monitor your accounts in case the information is used months from now.