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Two key ways to spot identify theft and protect your information

August 5, 2019

Keeping your information safe now means protecting your money in the future—and protecting yourself from a big hassle. Here’s two easy ways we recommend staying on top of things.

  1. Review your statements
    Take a good look at any account statements and billing statements you receive. Keep an eye out for charges you didn’t make. Even a small charge can be a danger sign. Thieves will sometimes take a small amount from your checking account and then return to take much more if the small theft goes unnoticed.
  2. Monitor your credit reports
    You can review your free credit reports from each of the three major credit bureaus, or sign up for Credit Sense in Online Banking, which provides an easy, at-a-glance review.

If an identity thief is opening financial accounts in your name, they may show up on your credit report. Look for:

  • Inquiries from companies you’ve never contacted
  • Accounts you didn’t open
  • Wrong amounts on your accounts

If you do see something suspicious, make sure to get in contact with us right away, as well as your credit card provider and any other account provider that could be involved.

 

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