Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn
A woman in Maine who requested a free credit report for herself online inside returned home one night to find her mailbox full with more than 300 credit reports addressed to her but containing confidential information belonging to other people, according to a report from WGME CBS 13 in Portland, ME.
WGME reports the woman, Katie Manning of Biddeford, said she checked her credit report online with Equifax, one of three major credit bureaus along with Experian and TransUnion. But instead of her credit report, she received 300 pieces of mail from Equifax. “You have to see it to believe it,” she told WGME.
WGME reports the station contacted Equifax and were told the reason why the mistake with credit reports happened or whether it was a widespread problem was not yet known. “This is a high priority. Obviously this is a serious situation,” Equifax Vice President of Corporate Communications Tim Klein told WGME.
Earlier in March 2015, ESR News reported that Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion announced a plan to improve the collection of accurate consumer information while giving consumers more transparency and improved interaction about credit reports, according to a joint press release from all three companies.
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