Equifax Credit Watch
Now there's a simple, automated way to help detect and protect
against the impact of identity theft
Regularly checking your credit history report for changes you did not make is one of the best ways to combat identity theft. Equifax Credit Watch makes monitoring your report easy by automatically alerting you within 24 hours of key changes in your Equifax Credit History Report – like when someone tries to get credit in your name – so you can act before serious damage is done. And with credit card fraud being the most common type of identity theft, Equifax Credit Watch can now alert you to sudden changes in your credit card balances. Your service also includes your Equifax Credit History Report, identity theft insurance(certain limitations and exclusions apply) and access to live customer support.
How Identity Theft Hurts You
According to the FBI, identity theft is one of the fastest-growing U.S. crimes. Studies show that about one in five families has been a victim.
Identity theft can occur in a variety of ways. Thieves can steal your Social Security or credit card numbers, then change the address on your bills. They then use your information to impersonate you, buying or renting products or using your personal information to commit criminal acts.
Most damaging of all, you often don't know you're a victim of this federal crime until months later, when you are unexpectedly turned down for a loan or get a call from a collection agency about an account you never opened. You might even get a call from the police about a crime you didn't commit.
And once identity theft happens to you, it can take many months and thousands of dollars to restore your credit.
Isn't it time to take steps to protect yourself against this devastating crime?
How Do Identity Thieves Do It?
First, they steal your personal information by...