Equifax Breach Details
September 21, 2017
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September 14, 2017
Recently, Equifax, one of the three national consumer credit reporting agencies, announced a major data breach.
Here are the details of what we know about the breach:
- This breach affects approximately 143 million Americans.
- The data breach occurred May – July 2017, and the information stolen includes consumers’ personally identifiable information, including names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers.
- Approximately 209,000 credit card numbers and dispute documents with personally identifiable information for approximately 182,000 consumers were also stolen.
- There is no evidence of unauthorized access to consumers’ credit reporting databases.
To be clear, Bank of Washington was not compromised and your information was not stolen from our bank. However, we take the security of our customer information very seriously, and we are providing you with the information we know about this massive breach and the steps you can take to protect your personally identifiable information if you so desire.
What you can do:
- Check to see if your information has been compromised by visiting this website: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/potential-impact/
- Consider if you should place an initial fraud alert on your credit report, see: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0275-place-fraud-alert
- Consider if you should freeze your credit file, see: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0497-credit-freeze-faqs
- Equifax has established a dedicated toll-free number to answer questions you may have about the Equifax data breach and its effect on your personally identifiable information. You may call them at 866-447-7559.
- Review your credit reports for accuracy. Call any one of the three credit reporting agencies to receive your free annual credit report or visit http://www.annualcreditreport.gov
Additionally, the Bank of Washington does offer an identity theft product, called Identity Shield. It is an industry-leading identity defense program designed to secure, monitor and restore your personally identifiable information.
Following this unprecedented breach, we are also asking our customers to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious activity in your Bank of Washington accounts to us by calling 636-239-7831.