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Our Commitment to Your Privacy
Avoid On-Line Scams
Tips to Protect Yourself
- Don't open emails from senders you don't know.
- Never access a web site from a link in an email, especially a web site that asks for personal information.
- If you have any doubts about the authenticity of an email, do not respond, call the sender or type in the web address.
- Beware of emails sent offering you a prize or a discount and then asking you to choose a user id and password (most people use the same access information for several accounts- easier to remember - thieves will collect your login information and try them at other sites, like financial institutions or credit card sites).
- Do monitor your account activity closely and watch for unusual activity - You can use Canton Co-operative Bank Online Banking to monitor account balances, 24/7.
- Change your password frequently
- Note that fraudulent emails often include misspellings and poor grammar.
- Update your anti-virus software frequently.
- Beware of emails with a sense of urgency; attempting to rush you into action. Messages like, "Update now or we'll close your account...".
- Do not include personal or sensitive data in or in response to an email.
Protect Yourself From Identity Theft
Identity theft happens when someone illegally obtains your private information (for example: Social Security number, date of birth or account number) and uses that information illegally to initiate transactions in your name. It can result in financial loss and damage to your credit. Here are some protection tips:
Reduce the number of credit offers you receive by contacting the National Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies at 1-888-5-OPTOUT (567-8688) or visiting their Web site. You can opt out of receiving credit offers for five years or opt out of receiving them permanently.
- Delete suspicious emails from unknown sources without opening them.
- Never provide personal information over the phone or the Internet if you did not initiate the contact. We will never ask you for any private information (such as account numbers, passwords, social security numbers, etc.) through an unsolicited email.
- Purchase a shredder and shred financial and personal documents you no longer need, such as credit card offers, pay stubs and utility bills, before discarding them.
- Only carry necessary identification in your wallet or purse. For example, never carry your Social Security card and anything containing it.
- Use online banking to pay your bills online. The fewer personal documents sent through the mail, the less chance there is for identity theft.
- Closely monitor your bank account statements and credit card bills. Contact your financial institution immediately if you notice something suspicious, such as a missing payment or an unauthorized withdrawal.
- Do not send confidential information such as account numbers and passwords over the Internet in an email.