Fraud Prevention

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SESLOC provides several methods to reduce the risk of fraud. Below are addtional steps you can take to keep from becoming a victim.

 

  • Review Credit Reports Annually. Errors may indicate that someone else is using your identity. Visit our credit report center for details.
  • 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.
  • 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. Download updates; install antivirus and antispyware programs on your computer; 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.