On September 7th Equifax, one of the three major consumer credit reporting agencies, announced a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. The exposure window is from mid-May to July 2017.
The hackers accessed people’s names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. They also stole credit card numbers for about 209,000 people and documents regarding disputes with personal identifying information for about 182,000 people.
Following are steps you should take:
- Check your status – Visit Equifax to find out if your information was compromised: equifaxsecurity2017.com. Click on the tab “Potential Impact” and enter your name and the last 6 digits of your social security number to see if your information has been compromised.
- Fraud Alerts – If your identity has been compromised there is another link that will allow you to sign up for TrustedID Premier for free, which monitors your credit reports and alerts you of any changes.
- Monitor – It’s always a good idea to watch your accounts and transactions closely by using online banking or mobile applications. Altana allows you to monitor all of your accounts in one place with Money Desktop in online banking.
If you would like to discuss options to have an added layer of protection on your banking products, please contact us. We offer Secure Checking with ID Protect, which includes account monitoring and recovery services. Our Visa credit and debit cards include fraud monitoring and protection as a free service.
If you are concerned or have questions, please contact us at 406-651-AFCU (2328)