Help Massachusetts Residents Prevent Identity Theft
With credit-reporting firm Equifax revealing that hackers
may have stolen financial and consumer data
on at least 143 million customers in the U.S., it’s quite possible that
your personal information — including birth date, Social Security number,
driver’s license and address — could fall into the hands of criminals.
Equifax said that it hasn’t found evidence of unauthorized
activity on its core consumer or commercial credit-reporting databases. But
criminals could use the treasure trove of personal information acquired in the
breach to apply for credit cards and loans in your name, access your bank
accounts and establish a phony presence online with email and social media
One of the most common types of identity theft is the “new
account” variety, where a criminal uses stolen information to open new
credit cards and loan accounts in your name. A credit report security freeze allows an
individual to voluntarily choose to restrict access to her/his credit
report. A credit report security freeze can make it more difficult for
criminals to steal an identity by opening new accounts in someone’s name.
It does not affect the person’s credit score, and can be removed at any
H.134/S.130 would remove all fees when placing, suspending and/or removing a credit report security
freeze — regardless of the number of times a freeze is placed
or removed — and would also remove the $8 credit report fee for those
who are victims of identity theft.
Write your representatives and ask them to support
H.134/S.130 – An Act Removing Fees for Securiy Freezes and Disclosures of
Consumer Credit Reports
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Dear [Decision Maker],
With credit-reporting firm Equifax revealing that hackers may have stolen financial and consumer data on at least 143 million customers in the U.S., the case for allowing consumers in Massachusetts to freeze their credit reports without paying a fee to credit reporting agencies has never been stronger. One of the best ways to protect against identity theft is by placing a security freeze on your credit report, preventing thieves from opening new accounts under your name. However, consumers currently have to pay fees to each of the 3 credit bureaus whenever they place, suspend, or remove a credit freeze.As your constituent I ask you to support HB134/SB130 - An Act Removing Fees for Security Freezes and Disclosures of Consumer Credit Reports Sponsored by Representative Jennifer Benson(D- Lunenburg) and Senator Barbara L'Italien(D-Andover).
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]