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Free Credit Monitoring Available

Less than a week remains for Sanatogans (or anyone else, for that matter) to register to receive up to nine months of free credit monitoring and unlimited credit report access.

Sept. 24 (2008) is the deadline to sign up for benefits provided as the result of a $75 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit against TransUnion, one of three major credit-reporting bureaus in the country. Plaintiffs in the suit alleged TransUnion violated federal and state laws by selling private consumer information for marketing purposes, according to this month’s edition of the AARP Bulletin.

Those who qualify for the settlement include anyone who opened a credit card account, got a car loan or a mortgage, or used any other line of credit from a registered TransUnion subscribing firm (most banks and lenders) between Jan. 1, 1987, and May 28, 2008. Claimants actually can choose from two options: six months of credit monitoring worth $60 and the possibility (but no guarantee) of additional cash later; or nine months of monitoring worth $115, but no cash whatsoever.

Register in either of two ways: call 1-866-416-3470 toll free, or go online to But why call? You’re online now. No time like the present to take advantage of a freebie.

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