Equifax Data Breach

Published on September 14th, 2017

Protect Yourself from the Recent Equifax Breach

On September 7, 2017, Equifax Inc, disclosed a recent data breach that potentially impacts roughly 143 million U.S. consumers. Beginning the middle of May through July 2017, criminals were able to exploit a vulnerability on an Equifax website application and gained unauthorized access to sensitive, personal information.

Personal information accessed included names, birth dates, addresses, and Social Security numbers as well as credit card numbers of roughly 209,000 U.S. consumers.

While most consumers do not interact directly with credit bureaus, financial institutions, credit card companies, retailers, and other lenders are required to report account information to them for credit reporting purposes.

Equifax has established a secure site to check if your personal information has been potentially impacted. Additionally, Equifax is providing a one-year complimentary identity theft protection and credit monitoring services through TrustedID Premier for all U.S. consumers regardless of whether or not your personal information was potentially impacted.

How Can LCU Help Protect Your Account? Suspected Fraud Notifications

It is important to ensure your contact information is up-to-date with the credit union so that we may contact you promptly when there is suspicious activity on your debit or credit card accounts. Please see a credit union employee or call us at 847.455.8440 to make sure your information is up-to-date.  We will need to confirm that you have a verbal security password.  For your security, we may be asking additional security questions when you contact us by phone.

We recommend that you review account history and statements frequently and that you contact us immediately at 847.455.8440 if you discover anything suspicious.

To reduce the chances of identity theft, you can “freeze” your credit files.  With a freeze, you lock your credit report and no one can see your credit report except you and only you can unlock it.  Also, it is highly recommended that you check your credit reports at AnnualCreditReport.com for free once a year.

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