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Monday September 11th, 2017 :: 04:11 p.m. PDT
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Tips on how to safeguard your identity after the Equifax Breach

With the recent announcement of a security breach at the credit-reporting firm Equifax, we've been getting calls at the Danville PD from worried residents wanting to know how this could affect them and what to do. 

For those unaware of what happened, last week Equifax announced that between May and July 2017, hackers were able to breach Equifax security and make off withsensitive information of an estimated 143 million American consumers. 

The information obtained includes, names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and in some cases, driver's licenses. 

So what should you do? Below I'm providing information from the Federal Trade Commission's webpage on the steps to take to determine if you may be affected and what to do if you are: 

There are steps to take to help protect your information from being misused. Visit Equifax’s website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com

Find out if your information was exposed. Click on the “Potential Impact” tab and enter your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number. Your Social Security number is sensitive information, so make sure you’re on a secure computer and an encrypted network connection any time you enter it. The site will tell you if you’ve been affected by this breach. 

Whether or not your information was exposed, U.S. consumers can get a year of free credit monitoring and other services. The site will give you a date when you can come back to enroll. Write down the date and come back to the site and click “Enroll” on that date. You have until November 21, 2017 to enroll. 

You also can access frequently asked questions at the site. 

Here are some other steps to take to help protect yourself after a data breach: 

Check your credit reports from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — for free — by visiting annualcreditreport.com. Accounts or activity that you don’t recognize could indicate identity theft. Visit IdentityTheft.gov to find out what to do. 

Consider placing a credit freeze on your files. A credit freeze makes it harder for someone to open a new account in your name. Keep in mind that a credit freeze won’t prevent a thief from making charges to your existing accounts. 

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

If you decide against a credit freeze, consider placing a fraud alert on your files. A fraud alert warns creditors that you may be an identity theft victim and that they should verify that anyone seeking credit in your name really is you. 

File your taxes early — as soon as you have the tax information you need, before a scammer can. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. Respond right away to letters from the IRS.

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