Equifax Data Breach – What You Need to Know

Equifax, a major credit bureau company, recently announced a large data breach of their system may have affected 143 million customers.  While this was not a breach of Fremont Bank’s systems, we understand this incident is concerning to our clients.
 
Steps you can take to protect yourself and your information after a data breach:
 
Check to see if you are impacted
Learn more about the Equifax breach and how you can find out if you were impacted at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) site. Equifax recommends consumers contact their dedicated call center at 1-866-447-7559. The call center is open 7 days a week from 7:00 am – 1:00 am Eastern Time.
 
Check your credit reports
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 for more information.
 
Consider placing a freeze on your credit
If you are interested in initiating a credit freeze or credit alert, you can visit the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) dedicated Credit Freeze FAQs. Fees may apply.
 
At Fremont Bank, the security of your accounts and information is of paramount importance.  We are committed to protecting your financial information, and we continue to add security measures to combat evolving threats.
 
Below are links to additional resources and services within Fremont Bank to help you proactively monitor your accounts:
 
Check your accounts frequently within online or mobile banking
Monitor your own accounts for any suspicious or fraudulent activity by logging into online or mobile banking.  Monitor your transactions online and report suspicious activity as soon as it is detected.
 
Setup Account Alerts
One way of making that task a little easier is by setting up online alerts on your debit card and bank accounts through online banking.
 
Visit our Fraud Prevention Center
For additional information and resources related to combating fraud, please visit our Fraud Prevention Center.
 
If you have additional questions please contact us at 800-359-2265.
 
Posted by: Mark Rhodes-Ousley, Chief Information Security Officer
9/21/2017 1:32:42 PM | with 0 comments
Filed under: credit, Equifax, fraud, prevention, security
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