Important Equifax Information
At Community First, we care deeply about your personal and financial information security. This page is about the Equifax data breach that impacted approximately 143 million Americans from May through July, 2017. The breach included sensitive information such as Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers, were accessed.
The original news was announced by Equifax as our region was preparing for Hurricane Irma, so many people missed it. Equifax, one of the country’s three credit bureau organizations has patched the breach but your personal information can still be compromised. We want to alert you about the issue and let you know what you can do now to protect yourself.
How can you protect yourself?
Whether or not you are impacted by this breach, hacking incidents and phishing emails are unfortunately a cyber crime that is more and more prevalent in today’s world. It’s crucial to stay alert and on top of your accounts at all times to minimize your risk.
We encourage you to take these steps to protect yourself:
- Check to see if your information has been compromised at www.equifaxsecurity2017.com
- Set alerts with the three credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) to receive notifications of fraud on your accounts
- Become educated on the pros and cons of credit freezes at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0497-credit-freeze-faqs
- Consider resetting your financial account login information
- Review all account statements and credit reports diligently
- Watch out for fake emails or websites asking for personal information (phishing scams)
- Set up and manage spending alerts in Online Banking
- Report any suspicious activity to us or your other financial institution(s) and IdentityTheft.gov
- Monitor your personal information and credit report at www.annualcreditreport.com
- Enroll in a credit monitoring service
Community First is working hard to make sure you have resources and tips on all issues impacting your personal finances. Our moveUP program includes ID theft and credit security recommendations.
To learn more about protecting your information, visit here.