While you are deployed, it is important to make sure your valuables are secured. One important valuable to keep safe is your credit score. A good credit score takes a while to build, but it can be quickly ruined by someone taking advantage of you. You can place an active-duty alert on your credit report that requires creditors to verify your identity before granting credit in your name. You may even have the option of providing a family member’s or trusted friend’s telephone number for the credit agency to call when any application for credit is submitted in your name.
To place or remove an active-duty alert, contact each of the three credit reporting agencies:
For more information on active-duty alerts, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s information website.