5 Tips to Protect Your Credit

Five Easy Things You Can Do To Protect Yourself From Credit Fraud

With the recent breach of information from Equifax; it is more important than ever to protect your credit.  Here are some great tips on how to be pro-active in protecting your credit from identity theft and fraud…

  1. Enroll in credit monitoring
    Activate theft protection and credit monitoring with Equifax. It will show if your personal information was affected by the hack. Equifax.com/CreditReportAssistance
  2. Check your credit report
    Get your free annual credit report at AnnualCreditReport.com. If anything doesn’t look right, contact the creditor immediately.
  3. Be on alert at tax time
    Experts recommend staying alert during tax season as identity thieves may try to use stolen Social Security Numbers to file fraudulent returns in order to obtain refunds.
  4. Set a fraud alert*
    Credit card companies will require identity verification before opening a new account. Call 1-888-766-0008.
  5. Place a credit freeze*
    Contact each bureau to prevent opening of new accounts.Use this information as a guide to help protect yourself from credit fraud.

For expert advice, contact the credit bureaus directly or a reputable credit monitoring agencies.For helpful tips on how to improve your credit, Credit Tips.