How Do I Place a Freeze on My Credit Reports?
Contact each of the nationwide credit reporting companies:
- Equifax: 1-800-349-9960
- Experian: 1-888-397-3742
- TransUnion: 1-888-909-8872
You'll need to supply your name, address, date of birth, Social Security number and other personal information. Fees vary based on where you live, but commonly range from $5 to $10.
After receiving your freeze request, each credit reporting company will send you a confirmation letter containing a unique PIN (personal identification number) or password. Keep the PIN or password in a safe place. You will need it if you choose to lift the freeze.
For more tips on protecting your financial identity in the wake of the Equifax breach, including information on how Indiana residents can initiate a freeze on their credit report, please visit the website for the Office of the Indiana Attorney General at https://secure.in.gov/attorneygeneral/3207.htm.