The safety and security of your financial information is of primary importance to us. This page includes important information about fraud as well as links to several resources where you can learn more about the many different types of fraud and things you can do to minimize your risk.
Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the U.S. Identity theft is the theft or misuse of any type of personally identifying information such as name, telephone number, Social Security Number, date of birth, credit card number, bank account number, etc.
Tips to protect yourself from identity theft:
- Never share personal information with someone you don't know or for unnecessary reasons. Never give your passwords, PIN, checking account and credit card numbers of Social Security number to anyone unless you know the person or the organization. Talbot State Bank will never ask you for this type of sensitive information via email or phone call that we initiate without your request.
- Never place outgoing mail in your curbside mailbox. Use a Postal Service collection box instead.
- Don't have your Social Security number or driver's license printed on your checks.
- Shred any sensitive documents with personal information before disposing of them.
- Notify Talbot State Bank immediately if you have lost or stolen checks or cards. You can call the bank directly Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm at 770-692-0900 or you can report lost or stolen cards after-hours at 1-800-500-1044.
- Check your bank statements regularly and contact your bank if you notice any unauthorized activity.
- Check your credit report at least annually. You are entitled to one free credit report annually from each of the three major credit bureaus (www.annualcreditreport.com).
- Use e-statements when available to reduce the chance of paper statements being stolen.
If you suspect that you have become a victim of identity theft:
- Immediately file a police report with your local police or the police in the community where the identity theft took place. Get a copy of the report in case you need to show proof of the crime.
- Contact the fraud departments at each of the three major credit bureaus.
- Equifax - 1-800-685-1111
- Experian - 1-888-397-3742
- TransUnion - 1-800-680-7289
- Close any accounts that have been tampered with, or opened fraudulently. While our professionals will assist you with your Talbot State Bank accounts, you also contact, in writing, the security or fraud department of institutions at which you maintain credit or bank accounts.
- File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Contact the FTC's Identity Theft Hotline:
By phone1-877-IDTHEFT (438-4338)
Online at www.consumer.gov/idtheft
Phishing – what it is and how it works:
- Typically, you will receive an email that appears to come from a reputable company that you recognize and do business with, such as your financial institution. In some cases, the email may appear to come from a government agency, including one of the federal financial institution regulatory agencies.
- The email will probably warn you of a serious problem that requires your immediate attention. It may use phrases such as "Immediate attention required" or "Please contact us immediately about your account." The email will then encourage you to click on a button to go the institution's website.
- You could be redirected to a phony website that may look exactly like the real website. It may also be an attempt to infiltrate your computer with malicious software or a virus used to spy on your internet transactions. You may be asked to update your account information or to provide information for verification purposesyour Social Security Number, your account number, your password or the information you use to verify your identity when speaking to a real financial institution. If you provide the information, you may find yourself the victim of identity theft.
- Telephone phishing also known as vishing is a phishing attempt made through a telephone call or voice message. If you are suspicious of a phone call that was not initiated by you, hang up or ask for the purpose of the call. Contact the company using phone numbers from legitimate sources such as the company's website or your bank statements.
- A phishing attempt made by text message is known as smishing. Use caution if you receive a text message expressing an urgent need for you to update your information, activate an account, or verify your identity by calling a phone number or submitting information on a website.
- While Talbot State Bank may send you email communications from time to time, we will never ask you to send your account number, password or social security via email, text message or a phone call you did not initiate.
The keys to identification of fraudulent emails or text messages include:
- The message asks you to follow a link to a website
- The website asks you to confirm personally identifying and confidential information
- The message asks you to call a toll-free number, and a recording prompts you to key in personal account information such as your account number and PIN
- Some fraudsters will actually man the phone number with a live person to solicit personal information. Oftentimes the person will speak with a foreign accent
Tips to avoid phishing scams:
- Be suspicious of any email with an urgent request for personal financial information. Phishers have been known to include upsetting or enticing false statements to get people to react immediately. The email typically asks for information such as user names, passwords, credit card numbers, Social Security Numbers, etc.
- Be careful of emails that are not personalized and/or may contain spelling errors and/or awkward syntax and phrasing.
- Do not click on links in an email to send you to a web page. You may be diverted to a fraudulent website. Call the bank to confirm the address or log on to the website directly by typing in the official web address in your browser.
- Do not open emails or attachments that you did not request or from senders you do not recognize. Be aware of phishing schemes.
- At Talbot State Bank, we will never ask you to send your account number, password or social security via email.
- We will never email you and ask you to go to another site to "verify information". This is called "Phishing" and it deceives customers into providing personal information with deceptive emails.
- Never respond to or click on a link in a suspicious email. Opening or clicking on a link could place a virus on your computer which can later capture your personal information.
- Inspect the company logo used in emails and compare it to that used on the legitimate website of that company. Look for any discoloration or disfiguration of the logo.
- If you receive an email that warns you that an account will be closed or online access will be terminated unless you reconfirm your billing information, contact the company cited in the email using a telephone number or Web site address you know to be genuine.
- Take the time to ask whether this is the type of action the bank would ask you to take. Talbot State Bank will never ask you for personal financial information via email. We will never ask you to provide any personal identifying information, account numbers or PIN numbers online or via email.
- Avoid sending personal financial information over the Internet unless you are sure you are on a secure site. Look for the padlock icon on your browser's status bar.
- You may also wish to contact your Internet Service Provider for support in blocking malicious emails or subscribing to a spam filter.
- Use strong passwords. Choose a password at least eight characters in length with a combination of upper and lowercase letters and numbers. Do not use words or phrases that can easily be associated with you or your family such as the name of your child, spouse or pet.
- When accessing the internet over a public wireless connection such as a cafe or hotel be aware of the risks before accessing your personal or financial information. Make sure the wireless network is secure and your device's security is active.
- Have a firewall program running anytime your are connected to the internet and keep it up to date by using patches with your software company.
- Be aware of potential spyware on your computer that can be loaded when a user opens an email attachment or clicks on a pop-up advertisement.
- Ensure that your browser is up to date and security patches are applied.
- Install an antivirus program and keep it updated. Your antivirus program should be updated whenever a new version is available.
- Avoid downloading programs from unknown sources.
- Install a personal firewall on your computer.
- Do not use a public computer (computers at internet cafes, copy centers, etc.) for online banking activities. They should be used with caution, due to shared use and possible tampering. Online banking activities and viewing or downloading documents (statements, etc.) should only be conducted on a computer you know to be safe and secure.