You may have heard about the theft of a computer from a VA employee, who had taken records home contrary to VA policy.
Originally the theft was thought to include the Social Security numbers of only Veterans. Recently, the news has reported that this information also includes active duty, guard, and reserve personnel.
So, ALL military personnel are urged to take measures to protect themselves from identity theft.
- Request a free credit report and check for suspicious activity by calling 1-877-322-8228 or visiting https://www.annualcreditreport.com/cra/index.jsp
- If you are a deployed soldier, consider placing a fraud alert on your file to make it more difficult for someone to obtain credit in your name: Equifax: 1-877-576-5734; http://www.equifax.com/ Experian: 1-888-397-3742; www.experian.com/fraud TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289; http://www.transunion.com/