National Consumer Telecom & Utilities Exchange (NCTUE)
Special & Very Important Security Notice
Once again, security expert, Brian Krebs has blown the whistle on a number of issues that each of us should be aware of and that we should give thoughtful consideration to doing something about. The security issues that Krebs has uncovered are serious, complex, and quite troubling. Here is a link to the specific “Krebs on Security” article that has the details.
In summary, freezing your credit reports on the 4 major credit reporting bureaus (Equifax, Experian, Trans-Union, and Innovis) is not enough. It turns out that certain providers of consumer services including: telecommunications (cell phone carriers), cable TV, and utility service companies (water, power, etc.) share personal data about you and your payment habits. The company collecting this data and reporting it back to their members is known as the, “National Consumer Telecom & Utilities Exchange” (NCTUE) and is operated by EQUIFAX. What a shocker, eh? However, freezing your Equifax credit report does not extend to the credit reports offered by the NCTUE, even though Equifax runs the NTCUE. Therefore, each spouse needs to seriously consider freezing their NCTUE reports as well.
The Villages Computers Plus Club urges each of you to open the link provided above and read all the gory details for yourself. Once you have digested this latest outrage by these members of the world’s oldest profession who run the credit reporting bureaus; you will be able to decide upon a course of action that best suits your needs and satisfies your concerns about identity theft. Good luck. And keep on keeping your personal information safe.