If you have a credit report, there’s a chance that you’re one of the 143 million Americans whose sensitive personal information was exposed in a recent data breach at Equifax®, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies.
Here are the facts from Equifax®. The breach lasted from mid-May through July. 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 credit reporting dispute records with personal identifying information for about 182,000 people.
- Identity Theft Protection Following the Equifax® Data Breach – Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
- Extended Fraud Alerts and Credit Freezes - Federal Trade Commission
- The Equifax® Data Breach: What to Do - Federal Trade Commission
- Request Your Annual Free Credit Report – USA.gov
What can you do?
Learn more about the data breach from a wide variety of reputable news sources including, but not limited to those listed above. The more you know about the situation, the more prepared you can be.
Review your transaction history:
We recommend that Members review their statements and credit reports carefully. You can do this quickly and easily by signing into Online/Mobile Banking, then selecting Services, then e-Documents. Immediately report any unauthorized activity to TDECU by visiting www.TDECU.org/fraud.
Keep your eyes open:
TDECU has many fraud prevention measures and tools in place. To stay on top of your finances quickly and easily you can sign up for alerts on your accounts, Visa debit cards and TDECU credit cards. Visit www.TDECU.org/fraud to learn more about how TDECU is protecting you 24/7.
Consider signing up for fraud alerting services offered by the three credit bureaus to receive notifications about potentially fraudulent activity:
- Equifax® https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/what-can-i-do
- TransUnion® https://www.transunion.com/fraud-victim-resource/place-fraud-alert
- Experian® https://www.experian.com/fraud/center.html
Additionally you may consider signing up for free credit monitoring services to monitor and report unauthorized activity.
Consider checking with Equifax® to see if you have been impacted: