Identity Theft Precautions

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The FBI says identity theft is the fastest growing white-collar crime in the nation.  Protecting yourself is very important.  Leighton State Bank suggests several precautions for helping to protect your identity:

  1. Do not give out personal information unless you’ve initiated the contact, or feel confident that you’re dealing with a legitimate business.
  2. Promptly remove mail from your mailbox.
  3. Review your monthly statements promptly and report anything that you question.
  4. Shred receipts and account statements before putting them in the trash.
  5. Keep social security cards and other personal information in a safe place.
  6. Carry only the identification and credit cards you actually need.
  7. Use firewalls on your computer, and update virus protection regularly.
  8. Choose unique passwords for each of your accounts using both numeric and alpha characters.
  9. Avoid using automatic log-in features that save your username and password.
  10. Look for the secure ‘lock’ icon when making purchases online.

If you become a victim:

  1. Contact Leighton State Bank immediately.
  2. Place a fraud alert on your credit file by contacting any one of the three major credit bureaus (Equifax: 1-800-525-6285, Experian: 1-888-397-3742, or TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289).
  3. File a complaint with the FTC.  The FTC maintains a database of identity theft cases used by law enforcement for investigations.  File your claim by calling 1-877-438-4338 or by going online.
  4. File a police report in the community where the identity theft took place.


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