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Equifax Breach

July 9, 2019

Equifax, a major credit reporting bureau, has announced a data breach potentially affecting 143,000,000 U.S. consumers.

What do I need to know about the Equifax data breach?

Sea West’s systems have not been impacted as a part of this incident.

What you need to know:

  • You can check to see if your information may have been impacted by visiting Equifax’s dedicated site at https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/
  • Protecting your Sea West accounts is our top priority. Sea West’s website, online banking, and mobile systems remain secure using state-of-the-art fraud prevention systems and are not affected by the Equifax incident.
  • Equifax can be called at 866-447-7559 from 7 am to 1 am ET, 7 days a week.

If you are affected, we recommend:

  • Activating free 90-day fraud alerts with all 3 credit bureaus.
  • 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 exisiting accounts.
  • Monitor your online accounts, credit card statements and financial statements and call us immediately if you find any unauthorized activity.
  • Reset account logins, passwords and PINs and change security questions that contain information that can be found in your credit report.
  • Set alerts on your credit and debit cards to alert you to any activity.
  • Read additional information about the breach from the Federal Trade Commission at https://www.ftc.gov/

If you do not appear to be impacted, we recommend:

  • Remaining vigilant in reviewing all account statements and credit reports and contacting us immediately if you find any unauthorized activity on your Sea West accounts.

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