what irks me is why a consumer has to setup fraud alert with three different credit agencies (Equifax, trans union, and I forget the third one). why isn't there just a single point of contact for this?
Contact info for all three were on another page of the link I posted. Could be worse. There could be even more. They are not government operations, though they are strongly regulated via consumer rights legislation. The credit agencies are private operations, much used information gathering services for subscribers.