While South Side Bank strives to protect your banking privacy, you also play an important role in protecting your information. Here are a few steps you can take to protect your identity:
Common ways identity theft can happen:
"Old Fashioned" Stealing -Thieves typically steal wallets and purses. They also steal mail such as credit card and bank statements, pre-approved credit card offers, check orders and other financial mail.
Dumpster Diving - Thieves dig through trash looking for bills, financial or other personal information.
Change of Address -Thieves modify or redirect your billing statements to another address by completing a "change of address" form.
Phishing -Thieves may send unsolicited Emails, pretending to be a financial institution or a company, asking you to click a link to update or confirm your personal or login information. The link is directed to a "spoof" website designed to look like a legitimate site.
Skimming -Thieves may use a card reader device to copy the card's magnetic strip to duplicate without the card owner's knowledge.
Monitor your accounts -Keep track of transactions on your accounts by logging in to South Side Bank's Online Banking, where you can view your activity as it is posted.
Protect your personal information
- Do not carry your Social Security card in your wallet.
- Do not have personal information such as your Social Security number and driver's license number printed on your checks.
- Keep your new and cancelled checks in a safe place.
- Do not leave your purse, wallet, checkbook, or any other forms of identification in your car
- Shred or tear up any documents containing banking or credit information, especially pre-approved credit offers, before you throw them away.
- Keep your PINs and passwords a secret. Do not write them down or share them with anyone.