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Equifax Data Breach

EQUIFAX BREACH FAQS

 

What do you know about the Equifax data breach?

According to Equifax, the breach lasted from mid-May through July. The hackers accessed people's names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver's license numbers. They also stole credit card numbers for about 209,000 people and dispute documents with personal identifying information for about 182,000 people.

What Steps is MAFCU Taking to Protect Our Members?

  • Identification may be requested for any over the counter transaction.
  • When contacting our Call Center Members will be asked to verify their identity with additional security questions regarding information that is not found on a credit report.
  • Credit and Debit card transactions will receive increased scrutiny to help prevent fraudulent activity.

How can I protect myself?

Here are some steps you can take to help protect yourself after this data breach:

  • Call Equifax at 866-447-7559. Also, consider signing up for an identity theft monitoring service. There are many services available that can help secure your identity. Equifax is offering consumers one year of free credit monitoring, however, some media outlets are reporting that signing up for this service through Equifax may limit some of your rights.

  • Check your credit report for free by visiting www.annualcreditreport.com. Accounts or activity that you don't recognize could indicate identity theft.

  • Monitor your existing credit card and bank accounts closely for charges you don't recognize.

  • Consider placing a fraud alert or credit freeze on your files. A fraud alert warns creditors that you might be a victim of identity theft. A credit freeze makes it harder for someone to open new accounts in your name.  You can place a fraud alert by contacting the following Credit Bureaus:

  1. Experian:  1-888-397-3742
  2. Equifax:  1-800-685-1111
  3. TransUnion:  1-800-888-4213
  • Watch out for email phishing attacks. Data breaches often generate phishing attempts in which thieves pose as the affected company to trick you into giving up your personal information.

  • If you notice any fraudulent activity on your MAFCU Accounts, please report it as soon as possible by calling us at 1-800-95-MAFCU (800-956-2328). Additional information on the Equifax data breach is available from the Federal Trade Commission at this website:

    https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/09/equifax-data-breach-what-do?utm_source=govdelivery

     

 

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