Protect Your Identity

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Protecting Yourself

  • Safeguard Your Financial Information such as checking and credit card numbers, and your Social Security number. Unless U know the person or organization you’re dealing with, don’t give it out, even to someone claiming to be from the bank.
  • Report Lost or Stolen Checks Immediately. Review new deliveries of checks to make sure none have been stolen in transit.
  • Notify Your Bank of Suspicious Phone Inquiries such as those asking for account information to “verify a statement” or “award a prize”.
  • Shred Financial Solicitations or financial statements before disposing of them.
  • Deposit Your Mail Into a Secure Official Postal Service Collection Box.
  • If Regular Bills Fail to Reach U, call the company to find out why. Someone may have filed a false change-of-address notice to divert your mail and steal your identity.
  • If Your Bills Include Questionable Items, investigate immediately. This is often the first sign of identity theft fraud.
  • Avoid Phishing Scams. Never reply directly or click on a link in response to an email that asks for personal or financial information. If you are concerned about your account contact the company or institution via a web site you know to be genuine. Remember – your bank will never contact U “out of the blue” to ask for personal financial information.

Measures Your Bank Takes

Substantial measures are in place at your bank to protect your identity against theft and fraud:

  • Privacy Policies – Our privacy policies protect your personal and financial information. These policies are stringent and enforced, with employee training provided regularly.
  • Internal Confidentiality – Access to nonpublic information about U is limited to employees who need to know that information to provide U with products and services.

Check List for Victims

If U become a victim of identity theft U should do the following:

  • File a police report.
  • Contact your banker.
  • Notify credit bureau fraud units.
  • Place a fraud alert statement on your credit report.
  • Request that credit bureaus identity accounts closed due to fraud as “closed at consumer’s request”.
  • Request free credit reports (fraud victims are entitled to two free credit reports from each of the credit bureaus).
  • Report check theft to check verification companies.
  • Check post office for unauthorized change of address requests.
  • Follow-up contacts with letter and keep copies of all correspondence.

Consider Identity Guard to protect your identity.