Cybersecurity Tips: Using Caution with USB Drives

What security risks are associated with USB drives?

USB drives, sometimes known as thumb drives, are small, readily available, inexpensive, and portable, so they are popular for storing and transporting files from one computer to another. However, these same characteristics make them appealing to attackers. Click here to read more.

Card Fraud Text Alerts

Card Fraud Text Alerts will notify you immediately if a suspicious transaction is detected on your debit card by sending a text to your cell phone. This allows you to instantly and easily review transactions that may be fraudulent and help protect your account.

How it works:
You will receive a text from 37268. If the transaction is legitimate, you will confirm by replying “Yes” and no further action is required.

If you believe the transaction is fraudulent, you reply “No” to the text message. The transaction will be blocked, and you’ll receive another message with this number, (877) 253-8964, to call for follow-up. When you call, for verification purposes, you will receive an access code via text.

If we do not receive a response to our original text alert, the card will be restricted, and the debit cardholder will be contacted by phone for verification purposes.

Opting Out:
To opt-out of Card Fraud Text Alerts, reply STOP when a text message is received. Cardholders who opt-out will only receive phone calls regarding potentially fraudulent activity.

Notifi

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The best defense against account fraud is knowing when fraudulent activity takes place.

Our Notifi system provides stronger security by delivering real-time account alerts. Receive alerts via online banking, text, email and push notifications. Notifi helps you manage your account by monitoring your account balances and activity, get deposit and withdraw notifications, control security alerts and more.

For detailed instructions on how to set-up Notifi for your accounts, please view the video below. If you have any questions, please contact one of our experienced Bankers at (847) 432-7800.

Enroll in Deluxe ID Theft and Fraud Protection Plan

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Cybersecurity Tips: Use Caution with Email Attachments

Why can email attachments be dangerous?

Some characteristics that make email attachments convenient and popular also make them a common tool for attackers

• Email is easily circulated – Forwarding email is so simple that viruses can quickly infect many machines. Most viruses do not even require users to forward the email—they scan a users’ mailbox for email addresses and automatically send the infected message to all of the addresses they find. Attackers take advantage of the reality that most users will automatically trust and open a message that comes from someone they know.

Read more from the CISA

Protect Yourself from ID Theft

Identity thieves exploit the personal information and identities of millions of Americans every year. Compromised personal and sensitive information can be used to commit fraud or other crimes that can cost you time, money and potentially destroy your credit. First Bank is committed to protecting the security of your personal and sensitive information.

Learn More how to protect yourself.

Stop Scammers From Stealing Your Social Security Benefits

Between February 2013 and February 2016, there were more than 58,000 allegations of fraud related to "My Social Security" accounts. That’s a small fraction of the 34 million people who use the website, but still a substantial number of incidents

Read the full AARP article.

Tax Scams and Protection Tips

With the holiday season now over and millions of Americans getting their finances in order for their tax obligations, financial fraudsters are lying in wait and looking for an opportunity to commit tax fraud. Identifying and learning how to protect yourself from tax fraud requires one to be diligent and properly educated on the various tax scams. Below are examples of tax scams that have been trending the last few years and various ways to protect yourself.

Learn More about avoiding Tax Scams.

CEO and Business Email Compromise (BEC) Fraud Awareness

Identity thieves exploit the personal information and identities of millions of Americans every year. Compromised personal and sensitive information can be used to commit fraud or other crimes that can cost you time, money and potentially destroy your credit. First Bank is committed to protecting the security of your personal and sensitive information.

Learn more about Business Email Compromise.

If you are a victim of identity theft, please use the following resources:

Credit Reporting Companies

Federal Trade Commission

Social Security Administration

SOCIALSECURITY.GOV type “Fraud” in the search box 1(800) 269-0271

Opt Out

Opt out of pre-screened offers of credit or insurance: OPTOUTPRESCREEN.COM or 1(888) 567-8688

US Postal Service

Mail theft or identity theft issues – 1(800) 275-8777 or 1(877) 876-2455

 

 

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