Dear Friend, 

On September 7, the consumer credit reporting agency Equifax disclosed a data breach from earlier this year that compromised the personal information of 143 million Americans. All Arizonans should take precautionary measures to ensure their financial security.

Arizonans deserve to have confidence that their data will be kept safe when applying for a credit card, accessing a small business loan, or buying a home. As a member of the House Financial Services Committee and a Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Task Force to Combat Identity Theft and Fraud, I find a breach of this magnitude unacceptable and deeply troubling.

The House Financial Services Committee will hold hearings on this criminal act to find out what went wrong, what can be done to protect consumers, and what must be done to prevent future breaches. I am committed to ensuring Equifax and other entities adopt stronger safeguards to protect Arizona consumers, and to holding accountable those who break the law. We must do all we can to limit the damage and prevent Arizonans from falling victim to theft or scams resulting from this data breach. 

If you believe your data may have been compromised, there are steps you can take. These include: regularly monitoring your accounts, creating additional alerts for your credit report, and placing a security freeze on your credit report, which prevents others from opening up accounts in your name without your knowledge. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published a helpful guide, which you can find here, on how to secure your identity following the Equifax data breach.

We are honored to serve in Congress on behalf of Arizona families like yours. We always appreciate hearing from you on current topics and issues that are important to you. If there is an issue that concerns you, please let us know by clicking this link or by calling our Phoenix office: 602-956-2285. Be sure to stay connected through our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and let us know how we can be of service.



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