Guard Your Account
Click here for brochure Account Hijacking and Identity Theft: How to Prevent It and How to Prevent It. Vigilance pays!
Tips from the FDIC:
- FDIC Consumer News - Summer 2017
- Practical Solutions for Protecting Your Money
- Putting an End to Account Hijacking - Identity Theft
- 15 Quick Tips for Protecting Your Finances
Tips from the FBI to protect against identity theft:
- Ensure websites are secure prior to submitting your credit card number.
- Do your homework to ensure the business or website is legitimate.
- Attempt to obtain a physical address, rather than a P.O. box or maildrop.
- Never throw away credit card or bank statements in usable form.
- Be aware of missed bills which could indicate your account has been taken over.
- Be cautious of scams requiring you to provide your personal information.
- Never give your credit card number over the phone unless you make the call.
- Monitor your credit statements monthly for any fraudulent activity.
- Report unauthorized transactions to your bank or credit card company as soon as possible.
- Review a copy of your credit report at least once a year.
Tips from the FBI to protect against credit card fraud:
- Ensure a site is secure and reputable before providing your credit card number online.
- Don't trust a site just because it claims to be secure.
- If purchasing merchandise, ensure it is from a reputable source.
- Promptly reconcile credit card statements to avoid unauthorized charges.
- Do your research to ensure legitimacy of the individual or company.
- Beware of providing credit card information when requested through unsolicited emails.