If you have been affected by a data breach or identity theft, you might want to set up a fraud alert that tells banks and creditors to take extra measures to verify your identity before opening accounts in your name.
How to Set Up a Fraud Alert
Fraud alerts are managed by each of the three national credit bureaus. You can set an initial fraud alert for one year or an extended fraud alert for seven years, depending on the circumstances.
Set up the alert by contacting each of the credit bureaus: