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Free credit freezes are here

Free credit freezes and year-long fraud alerts are here, starting September 21st, thanks to a new federal law. Here’s what you should know: Free credit freezes Security freezes, also known as credit freezes, restrict access to your credit file, making it harder for identity thieves to open new accounts in your name. Starting September 21, 2018, you can freeze and unfreeze your credit file for free. You also can get a free freeze for your children who are under 16. And if you are someone...



Medicare Scams and More: What to Watch Out For

There are a plethora of scammers out there, and it's important to be aware of them in order to protect yourself. Here are a couple to watch out for: Medicare Cards Starting in April 2018, Medicare will begin mailing new cards to everyone who gets Medicare benefits. The new Medicare cards on the way no longer showing your Social Security number instead opting for an unique Medicare Number and scammers are taking advantage by calling, claiming to be from Medicare. They are asking for your Social S...



Free Credit Freezes from Equifax

September 19, 2017 by Lisa Weintraub Schifferle Attorney, FTC, Division of Consumer & Business Education Many people have had very sensitive personal information exposed in the Equifax breach — Social Security numbers, account numbers, even drivers’ license numbers. Equifax is offering free credit freezes until January 31, 2018. The company also will refund fees to anyone who already paid for freezes since September 7, when it announced the breach. If you’re thinking of pla...