Posts Tagged ‘ security freeze ’

The difference between a fraud alert and a security freeze

Dear Experian, What is and where can I find my Security Freeze Personal Identification Number? I have an extended fraud alert on my credit report and would like it removed. I have drafted and put together all the information to send to have it removed; however, I am lacking this Security Freeze Personal Identification number. - IDR

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Freezing your children’s credit histories

Dear Experian, I have two young children (both under the age of four). Because I have heard of even young children being the victims of identity theft, I am considering freezing their credit files until they are old enough to have their first credit cards. What is your opinion on this? Is it possible for a parent to freeze the credit of a minor? Would you do this for your own children? - CJT

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Protecting your children from identity theft

Dear Experian, Identity theft is a growing problem for children. Can I put a security freeze on my three-year-old daughter's file even though there most likely is no activity? If this is not possible can I call to see if there is activity under her Social Security number? - MJJ

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Recovering a lost PIN when your credit file is frozen

Dear Experian, I lost my pin for credit thaws and freezes. How do I go about getting another one? Can I do it over the phone or would it be better if I did that in writing? - WVS

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Steps to take after vehicle burglarized

Dear Experian, Our vehicle was broken into and confidential identity information might have been accessed. Does this warrant obtaining a security freeze? If so, how long can I expect for it to take place? - CND

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Replacing lost PIN to thaw frozen credit file

Dear Experian, I placed security freeze on my account and have misplaced the pin needed to temporary remove freeze. How do I get a replacement PIN? - EGM

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You can get a free annual report even if you have frozen your credit file

Dear Experian, Does putting a security freeze on my file prevent me from getting my free annual credit report? - CPI

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