Fraud Prevention Tips

Fraud Prevention Tips

March 27, 2020
by Team SESLOC

SESLOC provides several methods to reduce the risk of fraud. Here are some additional steps you can take to keep from becoming a victim:

  • Review credit reports annually — Errors may indicate that someone else is using your identity. Learn how to get started.
  • Receive statements and bills electronically — Mailed documents can put you at risk. Statistics show that highest risk occurs from January to March when annual statements and tax documents are arriving. Enroll in Bill Pay.
  • Review your accounts online — You’ll spot irregularities sooner and significantly reduce loss.
  • Keep address, phone numbers and email current — Ensure your financial institutions can reach you if they suspect fraudulent activity.
  • Use complex passwords —  Store them securely and change them periodically. Use different passwords for different sites.
  • Opt out of pre-screened credit offers — Call 888.567.8688 to stop credit bureaus from selling your information.
  • Stop telemarketers — Place your name on the “Do Not Call” registry, managed by the Federal Trade Commission. This is especially useful for family members who may be easily duped.
  • Protect paper documents — Shred confidential documents, receipts, and credit offers before discarding. Never leave your checkbook or confidential information, such statements, in an unlocked desk or cabinet.
  • Protect yourself online and on the telephone — Install antivirus and antispyware programs on your computer. Keep your computer’s software up-to-date. Never provide confidential information in an email. Never provide personal information over the telephone unless you initiated the call to someone you know and trust.
  • Use a secure mailbox — A locked mailbox protects mailed documents.

Learn more Online Banking Cybersecurity tips and see what SESLOC is doing to protect your account.

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