Equifax, one of the three major providers of consumer credit scores, announced September 7 that they were the victims of a cyber attack that exposed personal information of 143 million U.S. consumers. Hackers gained access to files that contained consumers’ names, Social Security numbers, and driver’s license numbers.
MCU does not submit member information to Equifax; however, we advise all members to take steps to monitor and secure credit because even though we do not report to Equifax, it is likely that another financial institution, card company, or finance company that you’ve encountered does.
Equifax is offering free services to all U.S. consumers to help them protect sensitive information. Visit Equifax’s website for more information.
The Federal Trade Commission offers helpful tips to monitor and secure your credit. Some of these tips include monitoring your credit report, placing a freeze or fraud alert on the report, and closely monitoring card and bank statements.
If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 608-266-4750.