From Identity Theft to Scams, we’ve put together a comprehensive package of identity theft information including articles, news updates and detailed descriptions on how identity thieves attack. Education is strength—so take some time and look around. Your identity deserves it.
Equifax recently announced a data breach which potentially impacts 143 million Americans. Some of the data exposed includes Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, credit card numbers, and other personal information. Here are some things you should know:
To help protect our Members against fraud, Partners has implemented increased security verification protocols as a result of the data breach at Equifax.
Q: Does Partners do business with Equifax?
A: Partners reports to all the major credit reporting agencies as required, Equifax included.
Q: Do you provide credit information to Equifax?
A: Yes. All financial institutions are required to report credit data to the three primary credit bureaus: Transunion, Equifax, and Experian.
Q: How can I find out if I was affected by the Equifax data breach?
A: Visit https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com for additional information.
Q: How can I protect my personal information?
A. We recommend you monitor all your accounts at financial institutions including Partners for any suspicious or fraudulent activity.
Lock Down Your Data After Equifax Breach - Right Now
Equifax says hackers used a website application vulnerability to access the personal information of about 143 million U.S. consumers, or more than half of the country's adult population. Credit bureaus such as Equifax are an especially sensitive target because they handle detailed financial records, and it's nearly impossible for consumers to avoid credit reporting. Every time you apply for credit, the personal data - including your name, birthdate and Social Security number - you share can be stored by a reporting bureau.
I've Been Hit With Fraud
First off, don't panic! You've already taken the first step in protecting yourself and your accounts with Partners. The next step is to call 800.948.6677, option 0, and a Partners representative will help you further secure your account and personal information.
How to Protect Yourself
Using an identity theft protection service is the best way to protect your personal information from being misused, but there are many industry best practices you can put in place on your own for free–if you're willing to put in the time and effort.
- Watch your credit score
- Keep your IDs safe and secure
- Don't share your personal information
- Shred and destroy your documents
- Guard your mail, shop smart, and strengthen your passwords
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Help Me Learn
Nowadays thieves can do more than hold you up at gunpoint to take your money. They can pilfer your bank account information and clean out your savings, before you know it.
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Phishing is a way identity thieves steal your information by pretending to be a company, organization, or entity that you know and trust. Is that really an email from your bank, or is it from an identity thief attempting to get your account number and PIN?
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