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Our goal is to keep your customers informed about the latest and ongoing fraud and financial threats. If you are ever unsure of a phone call or piece of mail that is requesting your personal financial information, we ask that you give us a call.
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Online Account Takeover
Criminals have their eye on your financial accounts. They want access.
Call it a takeover attempt – a HOSTILE takeover.
Account takeovers happen when the wrong people dig up enough of the right private information about you to gain access to your checking or savings accounts.
Then they strike - either moving big chunks of your money at once, or small amounts a bit at a time … hoping you don’t notice.
What’s happening is a form of identity theft … because the more that bad people know about you, the easier it is for them to access your money.
We’re used to sharing a lot of information about ourselves these days –experts say we share too much – and that makes us easier targets for takeovers.
Here are some things you can do to protect personal information to help battle takeover attempts:
Here are some things you can do to spot a possible takeover:
Think smart and stay alert … both are great defenses against account takeovers.
Don’t Fall For Tech-Support Scams
Your phone rings and the caller tells you that problems with your computer have been detected and you need to act immediately.
What should you do? Hang up, because it’s probably a scam and falling for it could cost you money or expose you to identity theft. This tech-support trick begins with an unsolicited call telling you there is a serious issue with your operating system, that your computer is infected with viruses, or that it has some other glitch. The scam could end badly with criminals getting access to your financial accounts or other sensitive personal information.
Here are some important things to know about these scams and how they could affect you:
Reputable tech-support companies don’t make unsolicited calls like this and they don’t access or scan your computer without permission.
So what happens if you really do need work on your computer? Ask a friend for a recommendation or check the web for a trusted service and contact them directly. That puts you – not a phone scammer – in control.
Tips For Creating Strong Passwords
Passwords help guard your online accounts, but they are only as strong as you make them.
So to keep your sensitive accounts secure, it’s time to think about strength in numbers – that means the number of characters in your password and the number of passwords you use.
Sure, passwords like ‘123456’ or a child’s name are easy to remember, but cybercriminals are banking on you using a password that is easy to guess, or contains information that can be linked to you with a little online research, such as an address, favorite sports team, or school name.
And if you use the same password for every account, just think how easy you have made it on crooks who try to hack into your financial, email or other accounts to steal your identity, your money or other important data.
To be safe, here are some tips for creating strong passwords and protecting your accounts:
Passwords should be at least 8 characters long, and experts are recommending longer - at least 12 characters. The longer a password is, the harder it is to hack.
When creating your strong passwords, think of a pattern than you’ll remember and then consider modifying it accordingly based on the account you are signing into.
Try something like building a password by using the first letters of words in a phrase and then logically substituting upper and lowercase letters and numbers and symbols in a pattern you will remember.
If you keep a list of your passwords as a backup in case you forget one, don’t leave it out in the open or in a place that can be easily found.
Cybersecurity is important, and your front line of defense is only as strong as the passwords you create.
Additional Customer Awareness Resources, CLICK HERE - Consumer Awareness Guide.