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To commemorate Privacy Day, Peoples Bank is pleased to share “4 Simple Steps To Stop A Cyber Thief” prepared by the American Bankers Association. We urge you to read this important information and take the steps suggested. Cyber crime is a growing threat to everyone’s financial health. Peoples Bank deploys a combination of safeguards to protect our customers’ information, and we encourage our customers to partner with us in that effort. All of us must play our part. If our bank, and our customers, cooperate, taking all the available protective steps, we will all be safer and more secure. If you have questions or concerns, please call us at 877-802-1212.
4 Simple Steps To Stop A Cyber Thief
Create c0mplic@t3d passwords. Avoid birthdays, pet names and simple passwords like 12345. It is also important to change passwords at least three times a year. Because friendly theft – theft by someone the victim knows – is the most common type of identity theft or fraud, don’t share your passwords with family members and be mindful of who has access to your personal information.
Keep tabs on your accounts. Check account activity and online statements often, instead of waiting for the monthly statement. You are the first line of defense because you know right away if a transaction is fraudulent. If you notice unusual or unauthorized activity, notify your bank right away. When a customer reports an unauthorized transaction in a timely manner, the bank will cover the loss and take measures to protect the account.
Stay alert online. Be sure computers and mobile devices are equipped with up-to-date anti-virus and malware protection. Never give out your personal financial information in response to an unsolicited email, no matter how official it may seem. Your bank will never contact you by email asking for your password, PIN, or account information. Only open links and attachments from trusted sources. When submitting financial information on a website, look for the padlock or key icon at the top or bottom of your browser, and make sure the Internet address begins with “https.” This signals that your information is secure during transmission.
Mobilize your defenses. Use the passcode lock on your smartphone and other devices. This will make it more difficult for thieves to access your information if your device is lost or stolen. Before you donate, sell or trade your mobile device, be sure to wipe it using specialized software or using the manufacturer’s recommended technique. Some software allows you to wipe your device remotely if it is lost or stolen. Use caution when downloading apps, as they may contain malware and avoid opening links and attachments – especially from senders you don’t know.
Tips for Victims of Cyber Crime:
If you are a victim of fraud and suspect your personal information has been compromised, you should take the following steps:
- Call your bank and credit card issuers immediately so they can take necessary steps to protect your account.See all Peoples Bank contact numbers.
- File a police report and call the fraud unit of the three credit-reporting companies
- Consider placing a victim statement in your credit report and a fraud alert on your account.
- Keep a log of all the contacts you make with authorities regarding the matter. Write down names, titles, and phone numbers in case you need to re-contact them or refer to them in future correspondence.
- Contact the FTC’s ID Theft Consumer Response Center at 1-877-ID THEFT (1-877-438-4338) or www.ftc.gov/idtheft.
Keep your check images secure
Electronic statements are safer than paper statements that must be printed, mailed and stored. But both types of statements may contain check images that include a representation of your signature used to authorize the check. If you store check images or statements on your computer, please make sure you take precautions to protect that sensitive information.
If you still receive paper statements, or have stored old statements, where check signatures may be visible, be sure to keep them in a safe place. Better yet, shred them.
How you can keep your banking information secure
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Online Security Articles
In order to keep you better informed, we would like to share our security articles on Peoples Voice Blog .
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