Half of US's Credit Card Users Hacked!

Randolph Lopez
September 17, 2017

And even if you aren't affected by the Equifax hack - it's still important to check your credit score and information periodically.

"If you want to talk to your financial institution yourself, a lot of financial institutions will offer the customer some kind of identity protection through a third-party vendor", said Filer.

"Let's say you're a Canadian applying for a mortgage in the US for your cottage ..." Do you have a credit card?

Government agencies acting in response to court orders or a judge - think subpoenas or search warrants - could also gain access to your credit report. They said they are working diligently to ensure an improved customer experience. That's half the country. But that's not all. Also, if your statement does not arrive as usual, contact the financial institution to make sure that an identity thief has not changed the address on your account.

"I have not checked", another said.

Was your information compromised? You just need to enter your last name and last six numbers of your social security number.

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When I did, I got this message telling me information may have been compromised.

It is a major, laborious process to get a new social security number and even if you do, the Social Security Administration says a new number probably won't solve all your problems and could actually create new problems.

Place a fraud alert or security freeze on your credit report and obtain a copy - Contact one of the three credit reporting bureaus to notify them that you may be a victim of identity theft and would like to place a fraud alert on your credit.

The Better Business Bureau recommends checking credit reports, something Campbell says she will probably do. She said she could only help me enroll in a credit monitoring service.

Since Equifax announced the breach last week, the Attorney General's office has received a number of calls from concerned Arkansans - and hopes more will do the same.

"The second thing you really need to do is to start monitoring your credit more". Sign up for it online. But this is not enough. "We will do what's necessary to hold Equifax accountable". Schneiderman as well as most experts advise you to freeze your credit. A security freeze prevents credit, loans and services from being approved in your name until you unfreeze your account. You'll be given a PIN to which only you will have access.

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