Information on the Equifax Data BreachEquifax, Inc – a major credit bureau, announced on Thursday, 9/7/17, that a massive data breach was discovered in July, which may have exposed names, birth dates, Social Security numbers and addresses of approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. Since the US population is almost 350 million, this data breach potentially affected over 40% of Americans! Please note that this data breach also included a small number of driver’s license numbers, credit card numbers, etc. We've been told that the breach started in May and went through July 2017.
So you can see that no matter how careful you are, there are forces beyond your control that can still lead to your personally identifiable information being exposed.
We are here to help. IDShield members know that they have:
- full access to our dedicated and experienced licensed private investigators to ask any questions and get help if you are worried that you are a victim of fraud.
- proactive credit monitoring through Experian and will be alerted if there are any changes to their credit report.
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If you become a victim of identity theft, we spend up to $5 million
to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to restore your identity.
1. set up a fraud alert. This will reduce the chance of a fraudster opening a credit or loan account in your name. If you place the alert with one bureau, they will ensure its placed on the other bureaus as well. Fraud alerts last for 90 days, but can be renewed. You can search online for placing a fraud alert and select one of the main bureaus to set it up through. To sign up via Experian, use this link: https://www.experian.com/fraud/center.html. To sign up via TransUnion, use this link: https://www.transunion.com/fraud-victim-resource/place-fraud-alert
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