Identity Theft Education

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Equifax Data Breach - September 2017

Equifax has announced a data breach potentially impacting 143 million customers. If you suspect you might be at risk, Equifax recommends you go to the website they have set up to see if you have been affected: EquifaxSecurity2017.com.

Their investigators stated that criminals exploited a website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files. According to Equifax’ website, information accessed includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver’s license numbers. 

We recommend taking the following steps to help reduce your risk of identity theft:

  • Determine whether your information may have been part of the breach. Visit EquifaxSecurity2017.com and follow the steps to determine whether your personal information was potentially impacted.

  • Enroll in an identity theft protection program. Several reputable organizations offer credit monitoring and identity theft protection programs, which notify you of any suspicious activity. Equifax is providing consumers with free credit file monitoring and identity theft protection.

  • Continue to monitor all financial accounts and take advantage of a free annual credit report at annualcreditreport.com. Most identity theft prevention programs monitor all three major credit bureaus for activity on your accounts, but it is important to stay vigilant and watch your accounts closely. Notify us immediately if suspicious transactions occur on your Altier account.

  • Additional ways to help protect your account: 

If you have any further questions, please contact the Equifax call center at 866.447.7559. In addition, the Federal Trade Commission has issued helpful information and consumer tips on the Equifax breach.

ID Theft Education

Did you know Arizona’s one of the leading states in identity theft and fraud? We want to provide you as much information possible to protect you from these crimes. Find definitions, answers to common questions, resources to protect your identity, and more in the documents and links below.

Be Vigilant Against Phone and Email Scams

For your account security, please remember that Altier Credit Union will never ask for private information such as PINs, passwords, Social Security, Tax ID number or similar confidential access information for any credit card, bank or other financial accounts. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as phone, email, text messages and social media channels. Never open any email attachments or click on any links or reply directly to any suspicious email. Instead delete the message. If you unexpectedly get a phone call from anyone or any automated system claiming to be from Altier Credit Union, hang up and call 602.797.3000 to verify.  

Please Note:

Effective September 30, 2017 Altier will no longer provide the limited ID theft protection plan through IDSafeChoice. If you have already upgraded your protection plan directly through IDSafeChoice, your current personal plan will not be affected. If you wish to enroll in a new plan, you may contact IDSafeChoice directly.