Tap into these valuable resources to protect your identity and First Bank Texas accounts.
Identity theft can wreck your finances and create a lot of stress in life. It happens when someone uses your name, Social Security number, credit card number or other identifying information to commit fraud or other crimes.
Victims of identity theft can spend months or years – and their hard-earned money – cleaning up the mess thieves have made of their good name and credit record. In the meantime, victims may lose job opportunities, be refused loans, education, housing or cars, or even get arrested for crimes they didn’t commit.
The Federal Trade Commission explains identity theft, provides tips on minimizing your risk, outlines actions to take if you become a victim of identity theft and shares information about the dangers of SPY WARE. Look through these resources to minimize your risk.
Take These Additional Steps
- Never share your personal information unless YOU initiate contact with a company or person you trust.
- Don’t carry more checks and credit cards than you need.
- Use a shredder when discarding canceled checks, credit card applications and receipts or other financial information.
- Never leave your purse or wallet in the car, even if it is hidden.
- Contact us immediately if suspicious withdrawals or transactions appear.
- When shopping online, only use your debit or credit card on secure and trusted sites.
- If someone calls posing as an employee of First Bank Texas asking you to verify your account number, hang up. We already have your account number.
- Don’t carry your Social Security number in your purse or wallet.
- Check your credit reports once a year.
- Never write down PINs or passwords where others can access them.
- Be careful at ATMs and when using your debit card. “Shoulder Surfers” can get your PIN and gain access to your account.
First Bank Texas is a full-service financial institution serving customers in Texas, with locations in Abilene, Baird, Bedford, Clyde, Grapevine, Haskell, Hudson Oaks, Munday, Stamford, Weatherford, and Willow Park.
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