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Brian Krebs has written an important and timely article reminding anyone — and everyone — impacted by the Equifax breach to check their credit report ASAP. In his article, Mr. Krebs cites a recently done consumer survey that found that many Americans haven’t yet done so although their personal and financial information was among that hacked by the Equifax breach.

Here’s the summary blurb from, and the link to, Mr. Krebs article:

A recent consumer survey suggests that half of all Americans still haven’t
checked their credit report since the Equifax breach last year exposed the
Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and other personal
information on nearly 150 million people. If you’re in that fifty percent,
please make an effort to remedy that soon.

Credit reports from the three major bureaus — Equifax, Experian and Trans
Union — can be obtained online for free at — the only
Web site mandated by Congress to serve each American a free credit report
every year.

Please follow his great guidance and check your credit reports to see what, if any, malicious and illegal financial schemes might have been done using your personal and financial information.

I’ve previously alerted consumers to check the ATM machines at their financial institutions to see if criminals have inserted “skimmers” into them.  In fact, I’ve gone into my financial institutions and asked the managers if they had heard about these types of “skimmers” and whether they periodically check for them.  These “skimmers” will read and steal the credit and debit card information on cards inserted into ATM “skimmers.”

Now Brian Krebs has written about another version of this scam — “skimmers” that are attached to gas pumps.  These “skimming” devices are stealing customers’ debit card information (www.krebsonsecurity; “Foiling Pump Skimmers With GPS”; May 4th).

Mr. Krebs advises that consumers don’t need to be as worried about the gas pump “skimmers” as they should be about those inserted into ATM machines.  However, he does say that consumers who use debit cards to pay for their gas could have their card information compromised; using a credit card is a better practice when paying for gas.

Also, he has an excellent resource for consumers who want to learn more about skimmers and protecting their personal financial information.  It’s titled “All About Skimmers” and can be found on his website.