On Thursday September 8, 2017 credit-reporting company Equifax Inc. disclosed that hackers gained access to some of its systems compromising the personal information of approximately 143 million US consumers. The information accessed included social security numbers, birth date, and drivers license numbers. Please remember, MAC will never initiate a call, email or text and ask for your personal account information.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
- To see if you have been affected, you may access the following safe and secure site: https://equifaxsecurity2017.com
- Equifax is promoting their own credit monitoring service, TrustedID, which is free for one year but may require payment afterwards. IMPORTANT: you must waive your right to class-action or personal lawsuits against Equifax to use this service.
- Be alert and review your credit reports regularly.
If you want to prevent identity theft you can place a credit freeze or security freeze at each of the credit bureaus. You can unfreeze your credit file in the event that you need to apply for new lines of credit. There is a fee which ranges from $0 to $15 per bureau and the process typically happens within 24 hours.