PROTECTING YOUR INFORMATION
IDENTITY THEFT is
one of the fasting growing crimes in America. Southwest National
Bank is extremely diligent about protecting your personal
information. Additionally there are a number of things YOU can do,
some of which are listed here:
Avoid giving your
account numbers, social security numbers, passwords, or other
sensitive information to anyone unless you are reasonably
certain your information will be secure.
Be aware that
Southwest National Bank will not use email to ask you for your
sensitive information. A common scam, called "phishing", is the
use of email disguised as being from a legitimate source, such
as a bank or popular company, to request sensitive information
from unsuspecting individuals. Then that information is used
illegitimately to order goods and services and obtain credit.
Always review your
bank statements and credit card statements. Make sure there are
no unauthorized charges on your account. You have 60 days to
report certain unauthorized transactions. If one of your
statements has not arrived more than a few days later than
normal, call your bank or credit card company to confirm your
billing address is correct.
passwords online, remember to"log out" when your are through.
Then it is also good to shut down the computer when you leave it
or at least shut down the application you were using so that a
subsequent user cannot obtain your information.
If you suspect
someone is improperly using your account numbers, passwords, or
any of your bank information, please contact us immediately.
Trade Commission (FTC) offers the following brochures to help:
"How Not to Get Hooked by the
Phishing Scam" July 2003
"ID Theft: When Bad Things Happen to
Your Good Name" September 2002