If you’ve ever had credit, you can assume you were most likely hacked. Take steps now to freeze your credit. Go to www.equifaxsecurity2017.com to enroll in a free identity protection program.
Freeze your credit by phone: When you freeze your credit, you (or anyone masquerading as you) will be required to unfreeze your account by providing the PIN you got when you froze your credit. Be prepared for a lengthy wait!
To freeze your credit, (free for seniors) contact each of the credit bureaus using these phone numbers:
- Equifax: 1-800-349-9960. Or 1-888-548-7878
- Experian: 1‑888‑397‑3742
- TransUnion: 1-888-909-8872
The process is usually automated and can be completed within a few minutes. Just be sure to write down your PINs in a secure place.