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Re: Equifax data breach - Off Topic

Posted by Chris in Tampa on 9/21/2017, 6:54 pm

No problem. Some people are probably going to be a victim of identity theft and it is important people are at least aware. (at the very least, check your credit report annually for free: https://www.annualcreditreport.com/)

With all of the hurricanes, some people might not be thinking about it. I've never thought about it, but there could be a lot of fraud due to the hurricanes too in this regard. When we evacuated for Irma we took important papers with us and had earlier burned some other papers. If a hurricane damages someone's house, documents with social security numbers and other personal information might get lost and found by someone who uses it maliciously. It's a good idea to keep that in mind. If someone is impacted by a hurricane and you think your personal information might have been lost, you may want to place a fraud alert for 90 days and then renew it as a temporary measure. It might possibly slow someone trying to steal your identity. Locking/freezing your credit report might not be feasible when recovering from a hurricane, such as if you are applying for loans for example. And even having a fraud alert on your credit report might make it more difficult for you to verify other details during this time too, but it's something that someone might think about.

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