Guest Blog: Tools to Help You Navigate the Equifax Data Breach

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We’re pleased to share the following information from our friends at BALANCE Financial Fitness to help you understand and navigate the Equifax Data Breach.

As you are probably aware, there has been a data breach, this time from Equifax. Reportedly, hackers may have accessed personal information from 143 million Americans, including 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.

BALANCE is available to help you navigate this situation and take actionable steps to protect yourself if you have been impacted by this data breach. As a nonprofit dedicated to consumer financial health, we have a variety of resources that can minimize the fallout from data breaches, especially if you find yourself a victim of identity theft.

Through BALANCE, you can…

  • Speak to a financial coach. Our certified experts can help resolve any issues related to identity theft, or help review a credit report for suspicious activity.
  • Attend our Identity Theft Solutions webinar. We created a special webinar in September covering everything you need to know about fraud prevention and recovery. We are offering this webinar for FREE to help provide valuable information on Identity Theft solutions on Wednesday, September 20 from 2 to 3 pm PST. Register here:
  • View our Identity Theft Toolkit. Our online toolkit is packed with practical tips and resources. Please share with your members. It can be found here:

Other Helpful Information:

  • Check your credit reports annually from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — for free — by visiting BALANCE can help you review these reports, including how to dispute inaccurate information.
  • You may 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 charges from occurring on existing accounts.
  • Monitor existing credit card and financial institution accounts closely for charges that are not recognized.
  • You may also 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 is really you.
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