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The Equifax Breach

What occurred?
One of the 3 major credit bureaus, Equifax, discovered a breach in their data in July.  Approximately 143 million consumers in the U.S. had their personal information compromised.  This information included social security numbers, names, birth dates, addresses and some cases the driver’s license number.  A smaller percentage of the compromised information included credit card numbers.

Abilene Federal Credit Union was not part of the breach.
AFCU does utilize the service of all 3 major credit bureaus, which includes Equifax.  The other two utilized are Experian and TransUnion. 

How do you see if you were compromised?
There has been a website set up by Equifax in regards to this breach and you can check to see if your information was potentially compromised.  The website is: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/potential-impact/

What to do if your information was compromised:
Immediately review your accounts for anything out of the ordinary and continue to review your credit in the near future.  Equifax is offering a free credit monitoring service for one year to all U.S. consumers, even if you were not compromised.  This service is free only for one year and charges may apply after the initial one year time.