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Possible data breach at Title Company: First American Financial

As your Credit Union continues to focus on you, our member family, and remain the trusted financial advisors you have relied on for guidance through the years we feel that keeping you informed is our duty.

On May 24th it was reported that First American Title Insurance Company (First American) may have exposed Non-Public Information (NPI) of potentially millions of consumers. Records including bank account numbers and statements, mortgage and tax records, social security numbers, wire transaction receipts, and drivers license images were available without authentication to anyone with a web browser, according to the Krebs on Security report. The report added that there was no information on whether fraudsters had been aware of the exposure. If the investigation shows that any confidential information has been compromised, the company will notify and provide credit monitoring services to the affected consumers. First American is providing incident updates at here.

This potential data breach does not impact Power Financial Credit Union members who have settled with our recommended business partner, as they are not affiliated with First American.

Here are some other steps to take to help protect yourself after a data breach:

  • • Check your credit reports from Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — for free — by visiting annualcreditreport.com. Accounts or activity that you don’t recognize could indicate identity theft. Visit IdentityTheft.gov to find out what to do.
  • • Consider placing a credit freeze on your files. A credit freeze makes it harder for someone to open a new account in your name. Keep in mind that a credit freeze won’t prevent a thief from making charges to your existing accounts.
  • • Monitor your existing credit card and bank accounts closely.
  • • If you decide against a credit freeze consider placing a fraud alert on your files. A fraud alert warns creditors that you may be an identity theft victim and that they should verify that anyone seeking credit in your name really is you.