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FTC: Fraud Alerts & Credit Freezes: What's the Difference?

FTC: Fraud Alerts & Credit Freezes: What's the Difference?

Posted On: March 10, 2020 by Falcon National Bank in: Your Financial Life | Personal Banking

Looking for ways to protect your identity? Two options to consider are fraud alerts and credit freezes. But what’s the difference? A fraud alert makes companies verify your identity before granting new credit in your name. Usually, that means calling you to check if you’re really trying to open a new account. Placing a fraud alert is easy – you contact any one of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian, TransUnion) and that one must notify the other two. A fraud alert is free and lasts one year. A credit freeze limits access to your credit report so no one, including you, can open new accounts until the freeze is lifted. To be fully protected, you must place a freeze with each of the three credit reporting agencies. You’ll usually get a PIN or password to use each time you place or lift the freeze. A credit freeze is free and lasts until you lift it. Which is right for you? It depends on your personal circumstances. Both fraud

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