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March 22, 2024

As I prioritize the security of your financial well-being, I strongly recommend considering a credit freeze as an additional protection against potential identity theft and fraud.

Protecting your financial well-being in this day and age is a constant battle, and one effective way to strengthen your defenses against fraud and identity theft is by freezing your credit. This simple step adds an extra layer of security, preventing unauthorized access to your credit report and hedging against potential fraudulent activities.

To freeze your credit, initiate the process with each of the major credit bureaus—Equifax, Experian, & TransUnion. Visit their respective websites or contact them directly to request a credit freeze. Typically, this involves providing personal information for verification purposes.

Once the freeze is in place, any attempts to open new credit accounts or loans in your name will require explicit permission. This additional layer of security acts as a deterrent to identity thieves, significantly reducing the risk of unauthorized access to your financial information.

It's important to note that while a credit freeze is a robust protective measure, it does not impact your existing credit accounts or affect your credit score. You can temporarily lift the freeze when necessary, such as when applying for a new credit card or loan, and reinstate it afterward.

In addition to freezing your credit, regularly monitor your financial statements, bank accounts, and credit reports for any suspicious activity: promptly report discrepancies or unauthorized transactions to financial institutions and credit bureaus.

By freezing your credit, you gain greater control over who can access your credit information, creating a potent defense against potential identity theft and fraud. It's a small yet invaluable investment in securing your financial future and maintaining peace of mind in an increasingly interconnected world.


This material was prepared for Diane Woodward's use.