What you can do
- Closely monitor all credit accounts and loans, to catch and report any suspicious activity on any one of those accounts.
- Immediately report any suspicious credit or loan account activity – no matter how remote the suspicion – to the financial institution and/or lending institution.
- Sign up for the fraud alerting services offered by the three credit bureaus to to receive notifcations about potentially fraudulent activity:
- Sign up for free credit monitoring services, to monitor and report unauthorized activity.
- Place a freeze on all three credit bureau accounts to prevent fraudsters from opening new accounts.
- Sign up for email/text alerts with live card activity through the financial institution and through the card issuer’s website:
- Visit Equifax’s data breach response site, which contains up-to-date information about how this data breach.
- Access Equifax’s newly created “hack-checker” tool to find out if they were among those impacted by this breach.
- Considering purchasing identity theft protection (M-C recommends Sherpa)