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How to Quickly Place a Credit Freeze on Credit Reports

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Want some peace of mind? Here’s a quick answer to place a credit freeze on all your credit reports.

What is a Credit Freeze?

A credit freeze means that new creditors cannot access your credit report because most businesses will not open credit accounts without checking your credit report. It can deter identity thieves from opening new accounts in your name.

A credit freeze does not prevent the misuse or fraudulent takeover of existing accounts.

Quickly Place a Credit Freeze and Protect Yourself

You can place a “credit freeze” on your credit file at any time, but you must contact each credit bureau. For more information, visit the nationwide credit bureaus’ websites or call the numbers below:

It’s a good annual practice to check your credit report for accuracy and report any errors with the credit bureau.

If you discover accounts you do not recognize, contact the credit bureaus directly to place a fraud alert. If you are a victim of identity theft, continue to check your credit reports periodically, especially for the first year after you discover the identity theft, to make sure no new fraudulent activity has occurred.

Jason Vitug

Jason is the founder of phroogal, creator of the award winning project Road to Financial Wellness, and author of the bestseller and New York Times reviewed book, You Only Live Once: The Roadmap to Financial Wellness and a Purposeful Life.

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