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There are many different ways your personal information can be stolen or compromised, but preventing fraud and identity theft is possible. Use this information to help prevent identity theft for you and your family.
For more information on identity theft and online fraud, visit these sites:
The Federal Trade Commission Visit them online
OnGuardOnline.gov Visit them online
Anti Phishing Work Group Visit them online
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation. It is a felony in Georgia to steal another person's identity, yet the crime happens every day. We're committed to raising consumer awareness about identity theft and the steps they can take to prevent it. We're all in this together.
Here are some ways identity thieves work. They:
When they steal your information, they can:
There are many simple steps you can take to protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity thieves:.
You should always be aware of the level of security of any website you are visiting.
To view the level of security for The Heritage Bank website, view our Online Banking Security Statement.
Georgia laws let you get a free copy of your credit report twice a year from each of the three major credit reporting agencies. To order a copy of your credit report, contact:
Equifax, 800.525.6285, Visit them online at www.equifax.com
Experian, 888.397.3742,Visit them online at www.experian.com
Transunion, 800.680.7889,Visit them online at www.transunion.com
Internet phishing scams are one of the fastest-growing frauds today. Phishing (pronounced "fishing") typically involves a bogus email message that uses a company's website graphics and logos falsely. These fraudsters attempt to entice email recipients to provide personal financial details. Sometimes these details include credit card numbers, account usernames and passwords, or social security numbers. The fraudsters then use this information to steal your identity.
The Department of Justice advises e-mail users to "Stop, Look, and Call" if they receive a suspicious email:
For more information on phishing, go to www.antiphishing.org. Visit them online.
The Federal Trade Commission reports that 9.9 million people were victims of identity thieves. If you suspect you've become a victim, take charge and take action. The longer you avoid the problem, the worse it will become. If you are a victim, take these steps:
The Federal Trade Commission (the national clearinghouse for identity theft information): 877.488.4338, Visit them online at www.ftc.gov/idtheft.
Governor's Office of Consumer Protection: 404.651.8600 or 800.869.1123, Visit them online at consumer.georgia.gov
Call on your local banker to help you through the maze of steps you must take to restore your good name. Remember, we're all in this together.
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