Earlier this year, a hacker gained access to more than 100 million Capital One accounts and credit card applications in one of the biggest data breaches to date.
Not sure if your information has been compromised?
Check all your accounts via online services provided by your bank or credit card provider - not just your Capital One account. If you don’t have access to or haven’t set up an online account, you can call the company directly for assistance in reviewing your accounts. Consumers should be looking for any discrepancies in their purchasing habits. Be sure to do this over the next few months! Just because the bad guys have your information now doesn’t mean they will use it immediately.
Monitor your accounts closely and frequently. Balance your checkbook monthly and match credit card statements with receipts. By viewing accounts online and checking throughout the month, you'll be able to identify possible problems smoother.
Review your credit report every three or four months. You are entitled to one free credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus per year. Request a single report from one of the bureaus every three or four months. By staggering these requests, you can monitor your credit throughout the year.
You know your information has been compromised:
Contact the security department of your creditors or bank to close the compromised account(s). Explain that you are a victim of identity theft and a particular card or account has been compromised. Ask them to provide documentation that the account has been closed. You should also follow up with a letter to the agency documenting your request.
Contact the three major credit bureaus (Experian, TransUnion and Equifax) via phone immediately to request a fraud alert be placed on your file. Once again, explain that you are a victim of identity theft and ask that they grant no new credit without your approval. Again, follow up with a letter to the agency documenting your request.
File a report with your local police department and request a copy of the report. This is good documentation to have on hand to prove your identity has been stolen as you begin the process of restoring your credit and good name.
Document all your actions and keep copies of everything.
Your local bank is here for you.
Whether you are sure or unsure your financial information has been compromised, one of your first calls should be to your bank. Your bank has a variety of resources available for customers that can help with situations like these. Their staff are also knowledgeable and more than willing to help!
Learn more: www.capitalone.com/facts2019
From: Wisconsin Bankers Association