Tips for Preventing Fraud & Identity Theft
Some 500,000 to 700,000 Americans per year are at risk of having their identity stolen, according to government and private sector estimates. Identity theft occurs when someone steals your personal information.
Many thieves use the telephone to commit fraud. These criminals are looking for unsuspecting individuals who will give them important information like Social Security numbers, date of birth, credit card numbers, or bank account information. Once the thief had your information, he or she will use it to make fraudulent purchases, obtain credit and can possibly gain access to bank accounts.
There are many ways that thieves can access your personal information. To avoid becoming a victim, here are some important things to remember.
- If you receive a call requesting personal information, hang up.
- If the caller claims to be a representative of the bank, hang up and call the bank directly using a valid telephone number provided by the bank. Remember, The Bank of Princeton will never call you to request your personal information.
- If you receive an unsolicited email requesting information or promising you a gift in return for that information, delete it immediately.
- Check all bank and credit statements regularly.
- Safeguard your information when making purchases online.
Alway report suspected fraud or identity theft!
To Report a Lost or Stolen ATM/Debit Card:
To report a lost or stolen Bank of Princeton ATM/Debit Card, please call 1.800.554.8969 immediately after discovering that the card is missing. You may contact the bank during normal business hours to request a new card.