Equifax Data Breach could affect 143 million U.S. consumers.
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Equifax Data Breach
Equifax reported a data breach that could potentially affect 143 million U.S. consumers. The credit bureau said criminals exploited a website vulnerability to access certain files from mid-May through July. Information accessed during the breach, which was discovered in July, includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, driver’s license numbers, credit card numbers and certain dispute documents.
How you can protect yourself -
Scrutinize all transactions. Take note of small, but suspicious, charges. Thieves may charge small amounts to see if account holders notice and, if not, will continue to drain the account.
Check your credit report from all three credit bureaus. This will help you determine if unauthorized accounts have been opened in your name.
Refrain from giving out personal information over the phone or through email. In the wake of an event like this, criminals might take advantage of people’s fear and vulnerability. Also, be wary of clicking on links within emails.
Check your account balance and daily transactions via our Online Banking and Mobile Banking systems. Please contact Customer Service at 781-828-8811, option 5, if you would like help getting access or have any concerns regarding your account.