Step-by-Step Guide to Freezing your Credit Reports

With Equifax’s announcement of its catastrophic security breach, now would be a really good time to consider freezing your credit, if you haven’t already. Credit freezes are one of the most effective ways for consumers to protect themselves against identity theft — and this goes for anyone at any time — regardless of whether you were impacted by this specific breach.

In order to effectively freeze access to your credit files, you must contact EACH OF THE THREE major credit bureaus, Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union, separately and request that a freeze be placed on your credit report. Once you make the request, the credit bureau must:

Comply with your request within 5 business days.

The bureaus have 5 business days to have a freeze put on your entire credit file ensuring that your credit cannot be pulled without your permission.

Send you written confirmation.

The Bureaus must send you written confirmation of the Freeze request and its’ execution. You should receive written confirmation within 10-14 calendar days.

 

Provide your PIN or Password.

When you receive your written confirmation that a freeze has been placed on your credit file each bureau is will supply you with a PIN or Password. It’s imperative that you keep this locked away in a safe place and DO NOT lose it. If you lose the PIN/Password you will have to go through several painstaking steps to prove who you are before getting a new one issued.

 

 

Reposted with permission:  Paragon Credit Services.

 

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