As you may have heard or read, twice during 2017, Equifax, one of the nation’s largest credit reporting agencies, experienced a data breach which they indicate affected 143 million consumers. The data obtained through the breach included: names, addresses, social security numbers, dates of birth, and in some cases driver’s license numbers. As part of the breach detailed, information was also obtained from 182,000 individuals who had completed credit dispute documents, which included approximately 209,000 individual credit card numbers.
As is the case with any perceived breach, we encourage you to:
- Utilize Web Banking and Mobile Banking to monitor your account balances and activity.
- Download our free Card Valet app and notify us of any suspicious debit card activity.
- Visit equifaxsecurity2017.com/am-i-impacted/ to see if your information may have been affected. A dedicated Equifax call center is also available every day from 7:00 am to 1:00 am if you have any questions: 866-447-7559.
- Consider using the free credit monitoring, currently being provided by Equifax. This information is available by using the website or telephone number listed above.
- Consider placing a “credit freeze” or fraud alert on your accounts, through the three major credit bureaus. To learn more about a credit freeze and to understand the restrictions that this places on your financial relationships and activities, please contact:
- Experian: 1-888-397-3742
- Trans Union: 1-888-909-8872
- Equifax: 1-800-349-9960
- Take advantage of the free copy of your credit report that is available once every 12 months at annualcreditreport.gov.
- Visit our Online Education Center to learn more about Identity Theft Protection and what you can do going forward to be sure your information stays secure.
The privacy of your account data is important. We encourage you to continue to monitor your bank accounts and credit history. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. Thank you!