Preventing ID Theft and Fraud

Preventing ID Theft and Fraud

Most people are careful when they are making financial transactions. But as we work, play and socialize online, we may be hit by scams, fraud and ID theft in many new ways. Here are some everyday safety steps you can take to protect your money and personal data:

  • Shred all personal and/or financial documents before you recycle them
  • Password protect your smartphone, tablet, laptop, PC and thumb drives
  • Destroy unused debit, credit and ATM cards
  • Memorize PINs, passwords and Social Security numbers and do not carry those numbers with your cards
  • Don’t use you PIN as a password
  • Use longer, more complex passwords and change your PINs often
    Sign debit and credit cards as soon as you receive them
  • Remove snail mail from your mailbox promptly
  • Review monthly billing statements from stores, websites or other locations where you do business on a regular basis
  • If you move to a new address, notify your financial institution ahead of time
  • Report any suspicious or unauthorized activity on your account to your financial institution immediately
  • Notify your financial institution immediately if your card is lost or stolen