As you know, Equifax has announced a data breach, potentially impacting 143 million customers. If you have registered with Equifax, you are potentially at risk. The unauthorized access occurred between mid-May and July 2017.
Equifax has established a dedicated website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com, to help determine if your information has been impacted and lists details on what type of information could be at risk. If you were impacted you can sign up for credit file monitoring and identity theft protection through Equifax, review the plan details on Equifax’s website if you’d like to sign up.
If you’re signed up for Identity Theft Recovery Services through your Partner Colorado checking account and determine you were affected, call us and we can help you start this process. If you’re not signed up, call us and a representative can help you get signed up, a fee may apply.*
Equifax will be sending direct mail to those potentially at risk. You can also call their Call Center if you have additional questions at 866-447-7559. The call center is open every day (including weekends) from 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. Eastern time.
Below are some tips to protect you from fraud resulting from this data breach.
- Monitor your monthly statements and account activity. If you see suspicious activity, notify the company immediately.
- Fraudsters may also try to use this incident to scam you. Please use extra caution and do not click on any links or download attachments from suspicious emails.
- Do not provide any personal information to anyone who contacts you claiming to need to verify personal information.
- Additionally, it’s always a good idea to regularly check your credit report for incorrect information. You are entitled to one free copy of your credit report every 12 months from each credit reporting company. You can obtain this at www.annualcreditreport.com or by calling 1-877-322-8228. Use Experian and Transunion credit reports to compare against your Equifax credit report for any unauthorized accounts or charges on your existing accounts.
- Change your passwords for online accounts to protect yourself from fraud on other platforms. Hackers tend to routinely try the same combination for other sites if they have your information.
- Set up multi-factor authentication if it’s available for your online accounts. This would require a text message or call to the users phone prior to gaining access to accounts.
- Be careful with your security questions: information such as your mother’s maiden or middle names are easy to track down.
We will continue to monitor this and assist as we can.
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