Terry Savage: Identity theft epidemic
TransUnion 1-800-916-8800 www.Transunion.com
Equifax 1-800-685-1111 www.Equifax.com
Experian 1-888-397-3742 www.Experian.com
Read the report carefully, looking for unexpected accounts being reported as well as inquiries from places such as banks or government lending agencies where you have never applied for a loan or mortgage. Contact those institutions to make sure no accounts were opened in your name.
There’s no reason not to freeze your credit report, unless you are actively seeking a car loan or a mortgage, or applying for a job where a credit check is required. A freeze is free, and you can easily lift it temporarily to allow access to your report by using a PIN.
Here are the direct links to FREEZE your credit report.
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