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Avoid Becoming a Victim of Identity Theft

Criminals can steal personal information using numerous scams. Follow these tips to avoid being taken by identity theft.
 

  • Donít give any sensitive personal information about yourself to anyone who contacts you.
  • Never give out your PINs and passwords; use a combination of letters and numbers for your passwords and change them periodically.
  • Tear up receipts, bank statements and unused credit card offers before throwing them away.
  • Keep an eye out for any missing mail.
  • Check your account balances regularly for any unauthorized charges.
  • Order copies of your credit report once a year to ensure accuracy.
  • When conducting business online, read the security and privacy statements of the website
  • When conducting business online, make sure your browserís padlock or key icon is turned on.
  • Donít open email from unknown sources or use virus detection software.
  • Report any suspected fraud to your bank and the fraud units of the three credit reporting agencies immediately. The fraud unit numbers are:

Trans Union (800) 680-7289

Experian (888) 397-3742

Equifax (800) 525-6285

About the Georgia Bankers Association: Founded in 1892, the Georgia Bankers Association promotes the general welfare and usefulness of banking and the preservation of a sound banking system
 

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