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sugarcreek67
Frequent Contributor

Fraud Alert on EQ

I attempted to submit a card app to AOD, few days went by and I got a message from them that my EQ file was frozen. I logged into myequifax.com and checked. It was indeed locked. I submitted a permanent removal of the freeze. AOD asked me to resubmit a new app. Again few days and they contacted me and said it was still frozen. Nothing on EQ site shows any kind of freeze in place. I logged into MF and refreshed my 3B report and there is now showing a fraud alert on EQ. I never submitted one to them so I am confused as to why one has been placed on that report. I also went to annual credit report and pulled copies of all three bureau's. I see nothing on any of them that is incorrect or something I do not recognize. Only thing I see on the EQ report is that affinity has not updated since 10/1/21. I called Affinity about the lack of update because they show me carrying a 423.00 balance that was PIF couple days after statement cut. CSR at Affinity told me to dispute it with EQ, is that what caused this alert?

Thanks for the help

 


>>current scores 12/11/21
EQ Fico9 759 | TU Fico9 763 | EX Fico9 768
EX fico 8 753 | EQ Fico8 745 | TU Fico 8 760 | Navy score 294
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coldfusion
Community Leader
Mega Contributor

Re: Fraud Alert on EQ

EQ being EQ. 

 

The thing about an EQ fraud alert is that they can be be pretty straightfoward to get removed via phone call if you can pass the ID verification test.   Just call and tell them you understand there is a fraud alert and ask how it got there, if they confirm that there is a fraud alert you can tell them there was no fraud and that you are requesting they remove the alert.

 

Insofar as your other issue, you made references to there being a freeze and references to there being a lock.  Those are not interchangable terms with regard to secondary security protocols that can be attached to a credit report; did you confirm there was in fact a freeze and not a lock when requesting the freeze be permanently removed?

 

(5/2024)
FICO 8 (EX) 846 (TU) 850 (EQ) 850
FICO 9 (EX) 850 (TU) 850 (EQ) 850

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Artist formerly known as the_old_curmudgeon who was formerly known as coldfusion
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sugarcreek67
Frequent Contributor

Re: Fraud Alert on EQ

@coldfusion  Thank you for the reply, I chose my words poorly. I did put a freeze on my 3 reports. I forgot that I had done this when I originally submitted the app to AOD. I went online and removed the report freeze. few days went by and then I submitted another app as requested but that one was denied for the report being frozen too.  I see on EQ site that I can freeze my report but I have never noticed an option to lock it. 

 

 


>>current scores 12/11/21
EQ Fico9 759 | TU Fico9 763 | EX Fico9 768
EX fico 8 753 | EQ Fico8 745 | TU Fico 8 760 | Navy score 294
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sugarcreek67
Frequent Contributor

Re: Fraud Alert on EQ

I logged into the three bureaus and TU&EX offer the ability to "lock" my file but EQ only offers a "freeze"


>>current scores 12/11/21
EQ Fico9 759 | TU Fico9 763 | EX Fico9 768
EX fico 8 753 | EQ Fico8 745 | TU Fico 8 760 | Navy score 294
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coldfusion
Community Leader
Mega Contributor

Re: Fraud Alert on EQ

A freeze is usually preferable as they must be provided for free and there are legal consequences if the CRA inappropriately releases a frozen report.  The one downside is that a temporary thawing of a freeze so a report can be pulled can take up to an hour to take effect. 

(5/2024)
FICO 8 (EX) 846 (TU) 850 (EQ) 850
FICO 9 (EX) 850 (TU) 850 (EQ) 850

$1M+ club

Artist formerly known as the_old_curmudgeon who was formerly known as coldfusion
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sugarcreek67
Frequent Contributor

Re: Fraud Alert on EQ

I wonder if the fraud alert has anything to do with the dispute I filed concerning Affinity not updating EQ since 10/1?


>>current scores 12/11/21
EQ Fico9 759 | TU Fico9 763 | EX Fico9 768
EX fico 8 753 | EQ Fico8 745 | TU Fico 8 760 | Navy score 294
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coldfusion
Community Leader
Mega Contributor

Re: Fraud Alert on EQ

It shouldn't, but Equifax is wierd.   You should call Equifax and ask as it's possible there was a legitimate reason for the alert being placed.

(5/2024)
FICO 8 (EX) 846 (TU) 850 (EQ) 850
FICO 9 (EX) 850 (TU) 850 (EQ) 850

$1M+ club

Artist formerly known as the_old_curmudgeon who was formerly known as coldfusion
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sugarcreek67
Frequent Contributor

Re: Fraud Alert on EQ

Thank you, i will give them a call today


>>current scores 12/11/21
EQ Fico9 759 | TU Fico9 763 | EX Fico9 768
EX fico 8 753 | EQ Fico8 745 | TU Fico 8 760 | Navy score 294
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sugarcreek67
Frequent Contributor

Re: Fraud Alert on EQ

I just spoke to a lady at Equifax and they are telling me that there is no security freeze or fraud alerts on file. Is it possible the MF 3b report is incorrect?


>>current scores 12/11/21
EQ Fico9 759 | TU Fico9 763 | EX Fico9 768
EX fico 8 753 | EQ Fico8 745 | TU Fico 8 760 | Navy score 294
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sugarcreek67
Frequent Contributor

Re: Fraud Alert on EQ

UPDATE;  The issue with AOD saying my file had a freeze on it was due to a very small (1 letter) discrepency with my address, once corrected they were able to pull my file.    Another discussion with Affinity today about the lack of update, this time the csr said they forwarded my issue to the loan department asking for that issue to be taken care of. Perhaps they will update it today but possible that it will be January before i see a change on the report


>>current scores 12/11/21
EQ Fico9 759 | TU Fico9 763 | EX Fico9 768
EX fico 8 753 | EQ Fico8 745 | TU Fico 8 760 | Navy score 294
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