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Security Information 2017-12-10T23:36:17+00:00

SECURITY NOTICE:

Your account safety is very important to us. Security Federal Bank will not:

  • Request any information about your account by email

  • Request any information about your account by text message

  • Contact you by phone to verify or change your account information.

 

You can also, visit OnGuard.gov, ScamSafe.com and ic3.gov to read more.

The Best Line of Defense Against Fraud Begins With You

 

Security Federal Bank is committed to helping its customers combat identity fraud. One of the best ways to combat this type of fraud is to be aware of a possible scam before it happens. Please take a moment to read the following message from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

 

There’s a new type of Internet piracy called “phishing.” It’s pronounced “fishing” and that’s exactly what these thieves are doing: “fishing” for your personal financial information. What they want are account numbers, passwords, Social Security numbers, and other confidential information that they can use to loot your checking account or run up bills on your credit cards.

In the worst case, you could find yourself a victim of identity theft. With the  sensitive information obtained from a successful phishing scam, these thieves can take out loans or obtain credit cards and even driver’s licenses in your name, they can do damage to your financial history and personal reputation that can take years to unravel. But if you understand how phishing works and how to Protect yourself; you can help stop this crime.

 

Here’s How Phishing Works

In a typical case, you’ll receive and email that appears to come from a reputable company that you recognize and do business with, such as your financial institution. In some cases, the email may appear to come from a government agency, including one of the federal financial institution regulatory agencies.

The email will probably warn you of a serious problem that requires your immediate attention. It may use phrases, such as “Immediate attention required,” or “Please contact us immediately about your account.” The email will then encourage you to click on a button to go to the institution’s web site.

In a phishing scam, you could be redirected to a phony Web site that may look exactly like the real thing. Sometimes, in fact, it may be the company’s actual web site. In those cases, a pop-up window will quickly appear for the purpose of harvesting your financial information.

In either case, you may be asked to update your account information or to provide information for verification purposes: your Social Security Number, your account number, your password, or the information you use to verify your identity when speaking to a real financial institution, such as your mother’s maiden name or your place of birth.

If you provide the requested information, you may find yourself the victim of identity theft.

 

You Can Fight Identity Theft. Here’s How:

Never provide personal financial information, including your Social Security Number, account numbers or passwords, over the phone or the Internet if you did not initiate the contact.

Never click on the link provided in an email you believe is fraudulent. It may contain a virus that can contaminate your computer.

Do not be intimidated by an e-mail or caller who suggests dire consequences if you do not immediately provide or verify financial information. If you believe the contact is legitimate, go to the company’s Web site by typing in the site address directly or using a page you have previously book marked, instead of a link provided in the e-mail

Review account statements regularly to ensure all charges are correct.  If your account statement is late in arriving, call your financial institution to find out why.

If you fall victim to an attack, act immediately to protect yourself.  Alert your financial institution.  Place fraud alerts on your credit files.  Monitor your credit files and account statements closely.

Report suspicious e-mails or calls to the Federal Trade Commission through the Internet at www.consumer.gov/idtheft, or by calling 1-877-IDTHEFT.

What To Do If You Fall Victim

  • Contact your financial institution immediately and alert it to the situation

  • If you have disclosed sensitive information in a phishing attack, you should also contact one of the three major credit bureaus and discuss whether you need to place a fraud alert on your file, which will help prevent thieves from opening a new account in your name.  Here is the contact information for each bureau’s fraud division:

Equifax
800-525-6285
P.O. Box 740241
Atlanta, GA  30374

Experian
888-397-3742
P.O. Box 9554
Allen, TX  75013

TransUnion
800-680-7289
P.O. Box 6790
Fullerton, CA  92834

Report all suspicious contacts to the Federal Trade Commission through the Internet at www.consumer.gov/idtheft, or calling 1-877-IDTHEFT.

If you get any such requests, PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND! If you have questions about any correspondence with the bank, please call us directly.

 

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