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Worried About Your Identity?
September 12, 2017
What can you do now to protect yourself?
- Check your credit reports from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – for free – by visiting annualcreditreport.com. Accounts or activity that you don’t recognize could indicate identity theft. You can visit IdentityTheft.gov to find out what to do.
- Consider placing a credit freeze on your files. A credit freeze makes it harder for someone to open a new account in your name. Keep in mind that a credit freeze won’t prevent a thief from making charges to existing accounts.
- Monitor your existing credit card and bank accounts closely for charges you don’t recognize.
- If you decide against a credit freeze, consider placing a fraud alert on your files. A fraud alert warns creditors that you may be an identity theft victim, and that creditors should verify that anyone seeking credit in your name really is you.
- File your taxes early — as soon as you have the tax information you need, before a scammer can. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses someone else's Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. Respond right away to letters from the IRS.
In addition, Thrivent members can go to www.thrivent.com/privacy-and-security/identity-theft-protection for more tips and information on how to further protect themselves, as well as information about Thrivent’s identity theft membership benefit.
If you have specific concerns or questions about the Equifax breach, please go to the company’s website at www.equifaxsecurity2017.com for up-to-date information.
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