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Smart Tips for Safe Shopping

Your identity is one of the most valuable things you own. It's important to keep your identity from being stolen by someone who can potentially harm your good name and financial well-being. Identity theft occurs when someone uses your name, address, Social Security Number, credit card or financial account numbers, passwords, and other personal information without your knowledge to commit fraud or other crimes.

 

Protecting Your Identity and Your Accounts

While the words may sound like a foreign language -- Phishing, Pharming, Vishing, Spyware, Dumpster Diving — they are actually techniques used by thieves to put your identity and finances at risk. And their attacks grow more frequent and sophisticated every year. Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the United States. From credit card numbers and ATM PINs, to home addresses and more, every checkout can leave your personal information vulnerable.

Follow these steps so you can shop smart and help keep your identity safe:

Shopping In-Store

  • Be aware of your surroundings and protect personal space at the ATM and registers.
  • Inspect ATMs and points of sale terminals and look for tampering before swiping cards.
  • Keep cards in sight when paying to deter dishonest cashiers.
  • Store all receipts and closely check your monthly statements to verify transactions.

Shopping Online

  • Be sure your anti-virus software is installed properly and up-to-date.
  • Shop with retailers you trust and who have positive Better Business Bureau ratings.
  • Avoid links and only visit shopping sites by directly typing in their website address.
  • Don't purchase items while using public computers or shared wireless networks.

How to Protect Your Identity

The simple fact is you can protect yourself against most forms of identity theft. The first step is education. Take a few moments to learn about each of the steps you can take to avoid being a victim.

Learn more about Identity Theft Prevention

The security of your personal information is important to us. TFB will never ask for your debit card PIN in an email, text, or on the phone. If you get such a request, call TFB at 800-638-3798.

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