In response to the tornadoes that ravaged our neighbors last week, we wanted to find a way to give back to those communities. After contacting the Executive Director, Connie Hensler, of American Red Cross Central Midwest Georgia to find out the specific needs of our neighbors, she suggested we host a microsite on our website. […]
Equifax Data Breach: What To Do
According to the FTC, if you have a credit report, there’s a good chance that you’re one of the 143 million American consumers whose sensitive personal information was exposed in a data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies.
As posted on equifaxsecurity2017.com, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017. The information accessed includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers, were accessed. As part of its investigation of this application vulnerability, Equifax also identified unauthorized access to limited personal information for certain UK and Canadian residents. Equifax will work with UK and Canadian regulators to determine appropriate next steps.
We are working with Equifax to learn how this may have affected Calumet Bank clients. Below is what we know:
Q: Equifax said 209,000 credit card numbers were accessed. Does that include Calumet Bank accounts?
A: Equifax stated they are in the process of sorting the credit card numbers by Bank, and they committed to communicating with all effected issuers. As of this time they don’t know which banks or credit unions are impacted.
Q: Were actual credit reports accessed or altered?
A: Equifax said their core credit reporting databases were not accessed in any way. This was a cyber-security incident involving a website application.
Q: How can I find out if my personal information was involved in the Equifax data breach?
A: You can find that out directly from Equifax by visiting equifaxsecurity2017.com. There, you can enter your last name and the last 6 digits of your social security number to learn if your information was included in the breach. Everyone, regardless of whether they are part of this breach, is eligible to enroll in a free 1 year credit report monitoring product.
Q: I went through the Equifax process and was given a future date when I could enroll in the Equifax Credit Bureau monitoring tool. Why the delay?
A: This breach involves a tremendous number of people—which is currently stressing the process currently in place. Equifax is ramping up their technology platform to deal with the expected enrollment.
Q: What can I do to safeguard my account relationship at Calumet Bank?
A: This breach did not occur within Calumet Bank nor were we involved in any way, but we appreciate your concern about all your financial information. We remain diligent in our efforts to safeguard your information.
One final reminder: Be wary of scammers sending bogus URL links. Be on the watch out for social engineering emails that scammers may send in the future.
For additional information, visit Identitytheft.gov/databreach to learn more about protecting yourself after a data breach.
Calumet Bank was voted as LaGrange Daily News Reader’s Choice Best Bank in LaGrange for 2019! Thank you, LaGrange, for your continued support!
Calumet Bank would like to congratulate Lynne Holle on being voted LaGrange Daily News Reader’s Choice Best Bank Teller for 2019! Thank you, LaGrange, for your continued support.
We are pleased to announce that Calumet Bank will merge with Colony Bank in 2019. Click here to read the announcement by Colony Bank.
Calumet Bank is pleased to announce the opening our first Loan Production Office in the Atlanta market. Calumet Bank has had a presence in the Atlanta market since bringing Weare Gratwick, a seasoned Atlanta commercial banker on board as Regional President in late 2016. The office is located in Atlanta Tech Park, a technology incubator located at 107 Technology Parkway in Peachtree Corners, GA. The facility features a video podcasting studio, private offices, events space and a 100-person auditorium.