Click here for the recording of the free NJCUL Webinar "Equifax Data Breach – What Happened? What You Need to Know" that took place Wednesday, September 20th.

Click here to download a sample email to be sent to credit union members alerting them to the breach and action steps they should take. 

Recently, we learned about a massive Equifax breach in which more than 143 million consumers may have had their information compromised, including:

  • Social security numbers
  • Dates of birth
  • Addresses
  • Driver’s license numbers
  • Credit card information (for approximately 209,000 consumers)

Due to the high potential impact of this breach, NJCUL recommends taking the following steps:

1) Determine whether you may have been affected. Through Equifax’s self-service portal, you can quickly determine whether your information may have been compromised. Enter your last name and the last six digits of your social security number and you’ll find out whether Equifax believes you’ve been affected. This process takes only a couple of minutes.

2) Enroll in Equifax’s credit monitoring and identity theft protection. Equifax is now offering one free year of TrustedID Premier, its credit monitoring and identity theft protection product, to all U.S. consumers, even if you aren’t a victim.

3) Once you enter your information in Equifax’s self-service portal, you’ll be given the option to enroll in TrustedID Premier. Click Enroll, and you’ll be provided with an enrollment date. Be sure to write down this date and return to the site on or after that date.

4) Be wary of e-mails that come from Equifax. Because of the high number of victims, Equifax is notifying only the 209,000 consumers whose credit card information may have been affected via postal mail. Do not trust e-mails that appear to come from Equifax regarding the breach. Attackers are likely to take advantage of the situation and craft sophisticated phishing e-mails.

5) Monitor your accounts for suspicious activity. Equifax’s free TrustedID Premier service can help you monitor your credit—but be sure to monitor your other important accounts and statements for any suspicious activity.

6) Come back to NJCUL’s site frequently for updates as they emerge.

Contact:
Nicola Foggie, CUCE, BSACS
Vice President, Compliance & Regulatory Affiars
nfoggie@njcul.org
1-800-792-8861, option 1

Additional Resources:
Equifax’s FAQs page
Equifax 1-800-349-9960
Experian 18883973742
TransUnion 1-888-909-8872
Innovis 1-800-540-2505 
Federal Trade Commission at Identitytheft.gov/databreach
CUNA’s www.stopthedatabreaches.com