Identity Theft Protection


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Millions of Americans have been impacted by the recent Equifax data breach. Whether or not your personal information has been stolen, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your credit. 

If you think you are a  victim, the first step is to contact the nationwide credit reporting companies and review your free credit reports from each of them.  

You can place a freeze on your credit file at any time, but you must contact each credit reporting company. 

Place a fraud alert to require creditors to take steps to verify your identity before opening a new account, issuing an additional card, or increasing the credit limit on an existing account. 

Additional information on each of these topics is available from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau at www.consumerfinance.gov and type in “identity theft protection” in the search tool. 


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