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Equifax Breach

What you need to know about the Equifax data breach

Recently, Equifax, one of the three national consumer credit reporting agencies, announced a major data breach. This breach affects approximately 143 million Americans. This is what we know according to Equifax: the data breach occurred May - July 2017, and the information stolen includes consumers' personally identifiable information, including names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and, in some cases, driver's license numbers.

To be very clear, Farmers Trust & Savings Bank was not compromised and your information was not stolen from our bank. However, Farmers Trust & Savings Bank takes the security of our customer information very seriously, and we are providing you with the information we know about this massive breach and steps you can take to protect your personally identifiable information.

Equifax has established a website that informs consumers if they may be affected and provides additional information. This information is available at www.equifaxsecurity2017.com. You may also contact Equifax via a toll-free number established to address questions about the breach at 866-447-7559.

Steps you can take to protect yourself

To protect your identity and personal information, Farmers Trust & Savings Bank strongly encourages you to take the actions noted below.

  • Review your account activity to spot any suspicious transactions. You can monitor your account activity online at any time using our Online Express and Mobile Express internet banking products.
  • If you spot any suspicious transactions, please contact us immediately at 319-668-2525.
  • Watch out for scams. Do not trust e-mails that appear to come from Equifax regarding the breach. Attackers are likely to take advantage of the situation and craft sophisticated phishing e-mails.
  • Review your credit reports for accuracy. Visit www.annualcreditreport.gov to receive your free annual credit report. You can contact each of the three major credit bureaus or reach them online as listed below:
  • Consider if you should place an initial fraud alert on your credit report (see https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0275-place-fraud-alert).
  • Consider if you should freeze your credit file (see https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0497-credit-freeze-faqs).
  • You should also contact the credit reporting agencies to notify them of any suspected fraud or identity theft.

Farmers Trust & Savings Bank offers IDTheftSmart to monitor your credit and provide restoration services in the event of identity theft. If you have further questions or want to protect yourself with IDTheftSmart, contact Mike Julius or Grayson Jones at 319-668-2525 or info@ftsbia.com today.