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Equifax Data Breach

Equifax, one of the three largest credit reporting bureaus, recently announced that a company data breach may have affected 143 million U.S. consumers, jeopardizing consumer Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and some driver's license numbers. The incident transpired from mid-May through July of this year.

What you can do to protect yourself

  • Place a credit file freeze on your credit report with each of the three major credit reporting agencies listed below. A file freeze prevents prospective creditors from accessing your credit reports. Creditors typically will not offer you credit if they are unable to access your credit reporting file. A freeze will prevent you or others from opening accounts in your name.

    Equifax: 1-800-349-9960

    Experian: 1-888-397-3742

    Trans Union: 1-888-909-8872

  • Place a fraud alert on your credit file by contacting the respective credit reporting agencies. Fraud alert messages notify potential credit grantors to verify your identification before extending credit in your name, in case someone is using your information without your consent.  The initial alert stays on your report for at least 90 days. You can renew it after 90 days.
  • Check your credit report to see if there are any inquiries from financial institutions that you do not recognize.
  • Review your bank statements regularly to ensure there are no fraudulent activities. If there are any, notify the bank immediately.
  • Place a security question on your account with Bath Savings. To do this, simply call 1-800-447-4559 or stop by your local branch. Should you have any inquiries pertaining to your account, we will not proceed unless the security question is answered correctly.

Learn more about how to protect yourself from identity theft.

If you have questions or concerns about your account security, please call 1-800-447-4559 or stop by your local branch for more information.