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Equifax Data Breach

Last week, Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) announced a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers.  According to reports from Equifax, the exposed data contained Social Security Numbers, birth dates, addresses, driver’s license numbers and credit card account numbers.

Based on the company’s investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017; and they have found no evidence of unauthorized activity on their core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases.

We encourage you to visit to obtain more information regarding the data breach.  By connecting with Equifax, you will be able to determine if you are affected by the breach.  You can also enroll in complementary identity theft protection and credit file monitoring.

As an additional resource, our valued members may contact our financial fitness partner BALANCE to help you navigate through this difficult situation and take actionable steps to protect yourself.  By contacting  BALANCE you can….

  • Speak to a financial coach.  Their certified experts will help resolve any issues with identity theft, or help review your credit report for suspicious activity.
  • Attend an Identity Theft Solutions webinar.  BALANCE has created a special webinar on Wednesday, September 20th from 2 to 3 pm PST to cover everything you need to know about fraud prevention and recovery.  You can register here:
  • View the Identity Theft Toolkit.  This online toolkit is packed with practical tips and resources.  It can be found here:

We urge you to make it a regular practice to annually check your credit reports from Equifax, Experian, and Transunion – for FREE – by visiting: