Equifax - Fort Knox Federal Credit Union

Data Breach

What You Need to Know About the Equifax Breach

Recently, 143 million Americans were impacted due to a data breach of the credit-reporting company, Equifax. Personal information such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, birthdays, addresses are just some of the exposed data.

Our top priority at Fort Knox Federal is to ensure the privacy and security of your accounts and personal data. Our vow to you is to always do our part in keeping your information safe and secure, especially against fraud.

This is a serious breach that has already impacted millions of Americans and could put them at risk for identity theft.

Because our priority is the privacy and security of your accounts and personal data, we are providing proactive steps you can take to secure your information.

1. Find out if you were affected

  • Go to www.equifaxsecurity2017.com to find out if you potentially affected by the breach or call 866.447.7559 for more information
  • Click on the “Potential Impact” link in the top navigation
  • Click on the “Check Potential Impact” button, and follow the prompts
  • Please note, you will need to enter the last 6 digits of your Social Security number and last name

2. Monitor your credit
Check your free credit report annually from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. Go to www.annualcreditreport.com. Set alerts with each credit bureau to receive fraud notifications.

If impacted by the breach, you may want to consider enrolling in TrustedID Premier, a free service provided by Equifax.

TrustedID Premier provides:
  • Equifax credit report
  • 3 bureau credit file monitoring
  • Equifax credit report lock
  • Social Security number monitoring
  • Up to $1M identity theft insurance

3. Consider placing a freeze on your credit
For added protection, a freeze can be placed on your files with each of the three credit agencies. This blocks anyone from pulling your credit information unless you unfreeze your account with a PIN.
Please keep in mind:
  • You have to put a freeze on each major credit bureau: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion
  • There may be fees associated with each credit freeze and possibly fees to unfreeze your credit as well
  • If you plan on taking out a loan, apply for a new apartment, apply for a mortgage or any other activity that pulls your credit, you will need to unfreeze your information before you apply
  • There may be a waiting period to unfreeze credit information
  • A credit freeze can block people from opening new accounts, but does not stop them from charging your existing accounts
For more information, go to the FTC’s Credit Freeze FAQs.

Click here to see how to be better stay protected and safe online.