Recently, one of the “big four” credit reporting agencies, Equifax, announced it experienced a security breach resulting in criminals accessing personal information of approximately 143 million Americans between May and July of this year. The compromised information included names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth. In some instances, driver’s license numbers, credit card and credit dispute information were also compromised. This information is nearly everything that is needed to open an account in your name.
While our office does not have a direct relationship with Equifax, due to the sheer size of the breach, it is important to let you know what you can do to protect yourself.
LPL Financial is not affiliated with any of the credit reporting agencies listed.