Fraud Alert or Credit Freeze: What’s the Difference?

A fraud alert and a credit freeze can help your customers protect their data from identity theft. 

According to TransUnion, the difference between the two tools is that a fraud alert will inform creditors to take precautions when verifying a credit application by calling the person directly, while a credit freeze will not allow creditors to view a credit report.

Unsure of which tool to recommend? While every case is different, here are a few things to consider.

  • A fraud alert lasts one year. Once placed, the bureau automatically notifies the other two that a fraud alert is in effect.
  • A credit freeze provides more control over who has access to a customer’s information and will remain on a credit report until the client chooses to remove it.
  • If the goal is to have increased control over personal information, a credit freeze might be the best option. If not looking to have complete block access to a credit report, but still want an extra layer of security, a fraud alert is an excellent option.
  • A customer can choose both a fraud alert and a credit freeze for added protection.

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