September 11, 2017
Cyber criminals have stolen 143 million credit records in the recent hacking scandal at big-three credit-bureau Equifax. The breach lasted from mid-May through July. At this point you have to assume that the hackers have highly personal information that they can use to trick you.
To protect yourself you need to watch out for the following things:
- Phishing emails that claim to be from Equifax where you can check if your data was compromised
- Phishing emails that claim there is a problem with a credit card, your credit record, or other personal financial information
- Calls from scammers who claim they are from your bank or credit union—have the answers to your “challenge questions” on file with us—and remember that we will never call you to ask for financial information because we already have it
- Fraudulent charges on any credit card because your identity was stolen
To protect yourself from fraud, American Trust offers IDTheftSmart. We recommend it because IDTheftSmart offers credit restoration in addition to credit monitoring, and at very low cost when compared to nationally advertised services.
Visit the Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information for the latest Equifax Breach updates and steps you can take to minimize your risk.
Equifax has established a dedicated website to help consumers determine if their information has been potentially impacted and to sign up for credit file monitoring and identity theft protection. You may contact the Equifax call center at 866.447.7559.
Please be aware that American Trust does not endorse Equifax solutions or recommend freezing your credit files. While these solutions may be appropriate for some consumers, a different course of action may be best for others. To learn more, call your Financial Services Representative.
Thank you for banking with American Trust.
As Always, Think Before You Click!