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Identity Theft Prevention Tips

On all of our statements for the last few months, we've been placing Identity Theft Prevention tips in the message area.

Identity Theft Tip #1:  If you don't initiate the call, never give out your personal information over the phone.

Identity Theft Tip #2:  Shred financial solicitations and financial statements before disposing of them.

Identity Theft Tip #3:  Always sign the backs of your debit and credit cards.

Identity Theft Tip #4:  Don't carry your Social Security Card with you!

Identity Theft Tip #5:  When creating passwords or pass codes, avoid using obvious numerical sequences (for example 1234), your birth date, your Social Security number, or your mother's maiden name.

Identity Theft Tip #6:  Each year request a free credit report at www.annualcreditreport.com or by calling (877)322-8228.  Reviewing your report can help detect fraud. 

Identity Theft Tip #7:  If you fall victim to Identity Theft, please contact us.  Our trained staff can help you with our Identity Theft911 assistance program - a free benefit we provide to our customers.

Identity Theft Tip #8:  Notify us of suspicious telephone inquiries such as those asking for account information, to "verify a statement" or "award a prize."

Identity Theft Tip #9:  Women:  When eating out, never leave your purse unattended or hanging over the back of your chair.

Identity Theft Tip #10:  Prevent the theft of your mail.  Don't allow incoming mail to accumulate in your mail box.  Retrieve it promptly.

Identity Theft Tip #11:  Shred all unsolicited credit card offers.

Identity Theft Tip #12:  Protect your debit card as if it were cash.  Don't write your Personal Identification Number (PIN) on your card or give the number out to anyone.

Identity Theft Tip #13: Before traveling, record your credit card numbers and the telephone numbers for reporting lost or stolen cards.  Keep the information in a safe place away from your wallet.

Identity Theft Tip #14: When using your debit card at an ATM machine or Point of Sale location, shield the keypad and make sure no one watches you type in your PIN number.