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CREDIT PROTECTION SERVICES
After the announcement of Equifax being hacked, the email scammers are hard at work. Below are a couple of emails I have been receiving but are SCAMS.
This one is purportedly from a place called MyOnlineCreditScores.I have received a number of these emails, but none of the links in the emails go to the MyOnlineCreditScores website:
The email below is also full of bogus links:
point is that scammers are trying to get your personal information and/or you
money. Never click on links in an email
from an unknown source. Sometimes the
name may be familiar but the sender’s email address is unfamiliar.
What can you do to protect yourself?
with Equifax to see if you have been
impacted. Start by clicking on the "Am I impacted?" button.
if you want to enroll in credit monitoring. According to Equifax, if you were
indeed impacted by the breach, you can enroll in credit protection and monitoring.
Once you receive a signup date for the service, you will be given the option to
register for one year of credit monitoring on or after that given date.
a security freeze* on your credit files. Keep fraudsters from opening new
accounts in your name and block your credit history by applying a credit file
freeze at Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. (the Equifax freeze is at no charge until
November but the other two my have a small fee)
your money. You can activate two-factor authentication for critical financial
accounts, maximize your mutual fund security, place a fraud alert on credit
reports, and secure your smartphone and email. It may sound like a lot to do,
but taking these steps will really help protect your finances.
important points regarding security freezes you should be aware of:
security freeze may not protect you from every identity fraud so be sure to
check out other ways you can protect yourself.
you're looking to buy a home or car, you must remove the freeze to allow
financial lenders access to your credit information.
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