Fraud Prevention Tips
Be Cautious! Following
these tips will help protect you against fraud.
Carry only necessary information with you.
Leave your social security card and unused credit cards at home in a
safe and secure location.
Do not provide your social security number unless
Monitor your accounts frequently using online
banking, don't wait to receive a monthly statement.
Shred documents containing personal or financial
information before discarding. Most identity theft incidents are a
result of mail or garbage thefts.
Know your regular billing and statement
cycles. Contact your company's customer's service department if
you stop receiving your regular bill or statement.
Do not provide personal identifying or financial
information on the telephone, through e-mail, or over the Internet
unless you know who you are dealing with.
Never click on links sent in unsolicited e-mails.
Keep your anti-virus and anti-spyware software
Shred all financial documents & paperwork
before discarding them.
Do not use an obvious password, such as birth
dates, mother's maiden name, a pet's name, the last four digits of your
Social Security number, etc.
Review your credit reports at least once a year,
looking for suspicious or unknown transactions, accounts, or loans. Each of the 3
major credit reporting agency provide a free credit report once a year
at www.annualcreditreport.com or you can contact each credit bureau at:
For Additional Information on Fraud Prevention
visit the following links:
Identity Theft Resources (http://www.idtheft.gov)
FTC Legal Assistance Guide to Help ID Theft
Victims ( www.idtheft.gov/probono)
Take Charge: Fighting Back Against Identity Theft
Don't Be an On-Line Victim: How to Guard
Against Internet Thieves and Electronic Scams (www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/guard/index.html)
Safe Internet Banking Tips ( >www.fdic.gov/bank/individuals/online/safe.html)
How Not to Get Hooked by Phishing Scams (
For More Information: