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Identity Theft and Internet Banking Safety

Prevention Tips

  • Do not give personal information, such as account numbers or Social Security numbers over the telephone, through the mail, or over the Internet -- unless you initiated the contact or know with whom you are dealing.

  • Take Social Security numbers off your driver’s license and checks.

  • Check all account statements carefully to ensure all charges, checks, or withdrawals were authorized.

  • Watch your phone bills, cable bills, Internet bills, etc., carefully for any increase in charges. Pick up check orders at the Bank.

  • Pay attention to billing cycles and statements.

  • Cancel and cut up unused or “extra” credit cards.

  • Deposit outgoing mail in post office collection boxes or at the local post office instead of at home.

  • Promptly remove mail from your mailbox.

  • Keep important documents (passport, birth certificate, stocks, and savings accounts) locked in a safe or file drawer, especially if you have roommates or are employing outside help.

  • Shred old bank and credit card statements, receipts, copies of credit card applications, insurance forms, physician statements, checks and bank statements, expired charge cards that you are discarding, and credit offers received in the mail. Make sure account numbers, passwords, and addresses are unreadable before discarding.

  • Create passwords that make sense to you but are not the usual birth date, anniversary, or pet or maiden name.

  • Keep a written record or photo copy of the contents of your wallet or purse. Keep this record locked away. Don't carry your wallet with you when it is not necessary.

  • Before you type in your credit card number or any other account information, make sure that the web sites are encrypted, secure, and have a privacy policy.

  • Keep your purse or wallet in a safe place at work.

  • Never leave transaction receipts at ATM machines, on counters at financial institutions, or at gasoline pumps.

  • Order copies of your credit report.