Equifax Data Breach: What You Need To Know
On July 29, 2017, Equifax; one of the three credit bureau agencies, discovered that criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain consumer information files. Most of the consumer information accessed includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and in some instances, driver’s license numbers. In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 consumers and certain dispute documents, which included personal identifying information, for approximately 182,000 consumers were accessed.
Equifax is focused on consumer protection and has established a dedicated website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com to help consumers. You can visit their site to determine the likelihood that your personal information was accessed. You can also call their dedicated call center at 866-447-7559 to answer concerns regarding potential impact. Equifax is offering many solutions to assist consumers deal with this issue now and in the future.
This is a serious matter as these types of breaches continue to occur and in this case, the impact is very significant. Connects encourages our members to help mitigate any negative consequences that may occur to you due to this breach or any future or past breaches:
- Visit our Identity Theft Protection section of our website under Personal Banking for information and tips.
- If you have our Value Checking, visit IDProtectMe247.com to review your credit reports and get relevant information about this breach in News and Resources. In addition, the Education Center is full of tips all designed to help our Value Checking holders combat this growing criminal activity.
As these incidents become more common place, consider the low cost protection offered by our Value Checking Product. For more information on how Value Checking can protect you, visit the Checking Accounts section under Personal Banking on our website; connectsfcu.org or contact us in branch or by phone so we can get you connected and protected.