Protect Yourself Against
Phishing usually comes in the form of fraudulent emails that appear to come from
legitimate sources. These ask customers to verify personal information or link
to counterfeit Web sites that appear real.
Watch for emails that:
- Urge you to act quickly
because your account may be suspended or closed, or to update your personal
- Don't address you by name,
but use a more generic one like "Dear valued customer."
- Ask for account numbers,
passwords, Access IDs, or other personal information.
Farmers Bank of Milton will NEVER ask for sensitive information, such as account numbers, Access
IDs or passwords, via e-mail.
Tips for safeguarding your information from the American Bankers Association:
- Donít give your Social
Security number or other personal credit information about yourself to
anyone who calls you.
- Tear up receipts, bank
statements and unused credit card offers before throwing them away.
- Keep an eye out for any
- Donít mail bills from your
own mailbox with the flag up.
- Review your monthly
accounts regularly for any unauthorized charges.
- Order copies of your credit
report once a year to ensure accuracy.
- Do business with companies
you know are reputable, particularly online.
- Donít open email from
unknown sources and use virus detection software.
- Protect your PINs (donít
carry them in your wallet!) and passwords; use a combination of letters and
numbers for your passwords and change them periodically.
- Report any suspected fraud
to your bank and the fraud units of the three credit reporting agencies
TransUnion: (800) 916-8800
Experian: (800) 301-7195
Equifax: (800) 525-6285
If you become a victim,
- The fraud departments of
the three major credit bureaus
- The creditors of any
accounts that have been misused
- The local police to file a
- The bank to cancel existing
accounts held in your name and re-open new accounts with new passwords.
Farmers Bank of Milton is committed to
safeguarding our customersí financial information. Maintaining our customersí
trust and confidence is a top priority. To learn more about how we protect your
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