To Our Valued Customers –
You may have heard about the recent data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s largest credit bureaus. Equifax is reporting that up to 143 million US citizens may have had some of their personal data compromised in the data breach, and this likely includes many Merrimack Mortgage customers. Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself both now and in the future.
- If you would like to see if you have potentially been impacted, please visit https://www.
- The most up to date information from Equifax about the breach can be found at https://www.
- Equifax is offering all US consumers one year complimentary credit monitoring service. To learn more and enroll in the service, visit https://www.
We encourage all of our customers to visit the Equifax links provided above; Equifax is the best source for additional information. Be advised, due to the scale of the breach, the Equifax website traffic will be heavy. If you cannot get through on your first try, please continue to try throughout the next several days.
For some further steps to take to help protect yourself after a data breach, read the following from the FTC1
- 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. 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 your 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 they 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 your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. Respond right away to letters from the IRS.
Visit Identitytheft.gov/databreach to learn more about protecting yourself after a data breach.
Merrimack Mortgage Company