The Boogeyman has arrived, and it’s not even Halloween!
When you hear about identity theft, you think that it won’t happen to you. At least, that’s what I always thought, especially when you write articles and teach others how to protect themselves against such occurrences.
With the recent Equifax breach, this nightmare has hit home to millions of Americans – an estimated 143 million, in fact. When it happens to one of the big guys that is supposed to help protect us from these thieves, then it really gets scary.
So, what to do now?
Well, there are a number of steps you can take to determine if you have been subject to this breach and then, what to do about it.
First, go to the Equifax website. It will ask for information to determine whether they think you have been compromised. If so, they will provide you with one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services. Once you enroll, you will be sent an e-mail to confirm your enrollment. However, there is a very high enrollment rate, so the e-mail may take some time to arrive.
What should you do in the meantime? The same things that I have suggested that you do in another article, which are steps that you should always take to protect your identity.
I will list a few here:
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