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Protect your credit

September 21. 2017 6:30PM

Consumer credit reporting agency Equifax said a breach of its computer systems had exposed the Social Security numbers and birthdates of up to 143 million U.S. consumers. (Dreamstime/TNS)

To the Editor: The credit agency Equifax announced that the names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and drivers’ licenses of 143 million U.S. individuals were stolen. Someone with that information could take out a credit card, or home or car loan, in your name.

In order to protect yourself, you need to put a lock on your credit score. If you lock your credit score, no one can take out a credit card or loan in your name. To unlock your credit you simply enter a pin number.

For the last 18 months, Maine’s residents have been able to lock and unlock their credit scores for free due to legislation passed by the state. New Hampshire residents have to pay for this protection. We should not have to pay the three credit agencies for the right to lock our credit because one of them allowed everyone’s personal information to be stolen.

Call the governor, and your state senator and representatives and demand we follow Maine’s lead on this issue. Call your U.S. senators and congresswomen, and demand Congress make this a national right.

Since Equifax put us in jeopardy, demand it pay the charges by the other credit agencies to lock our credit scores.



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