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Prevention is the best protection

Online scams and identity theft are rampant as people spend more time on their devices. But if you know what to look for, you can learn how to protect your accounts and avoid the damage that comes from online criminal activity.

FB&T is committed to helping our customers, friends, and families keep their identities and financial information safe. Be assured that we are always staying aware and educating our employees of such emerging threats. While we are doing our part here at the Bank, we want to offer you tools, tips, and information on ways you can protect your information at home and on the internet. Please know that we are just a phone call, email, or in-person visit away and are always here to help.

What Is Identity Theft

Immediate Steps for ID Theft Victims


Travel Security

Debit Card Security

Protect Your Mobile Device

Card Cracking

Elder Financial Abuse

The Latest Scams

What is Identity Theft

Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal identifying information, like your name, Social Security number, or credit card number, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes.

The Federal Trade Commission estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. In fact, you or someone you know may have experienced some form of identity theft.

The crime takes many forms. Identity thieves may rent an apartment, obtain a credit card, or establish a telephone account in your name. You may not find out about the theft until you review your credit report or a credit card statement and notice charges you didn’t make—or until you’re contacted by a debt collector.

Identity theft is serious. While some identity theft victims can resolve their problems quickly, others spend hundreds of dollars and many days repairing damage to their good name and credit record. Some consumers victimized by identity theft may lose out on job opportunities, or be denied loans for education, housing or cars because of negative information on their credit reports. In rare cases, they may even be arrested for crimes they did not commit.

Immediate Steps for ID Theft Victims

  • Immediate Steps for I.D. Theft Victims:
  • Place a fraud alert on your credit reports and review them for any unauthorized activity.
  • Close the accounts that you know, or believe, have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.
  • File a report with your local police or the police in the community where the identity theft took place.
  • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

Go to for additional information, step-by-step instructions, and links to credit bureaus. You may also call the FTC’s Identity Theft Hotline, toll-free at 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338); TTY 1-866-653-4261; or write to Identity Theft Clearinghouse, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580.


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau gives consumers four steps they can take to determine if fraudulent charges or debits have been made on their accounts:

  • Check your accounts for unauthorized charges or debits and continue monitoring your accounts.
  • Report a suspicious charge or debit immediately.
  • Know when to ignore anyone contacting you to “verify” your account information by phone or email.

CFPB Issues Consumer Advisory on Industry’s Data Breach – January 27, 2014

Other Cybersecurity Links and Resources:

Travel Security

Let us know when you will be traveling.  Our debit card monitoring system analyzes transaction activity in order to prevent and protect you from fraudulent charges.  One factor they use in their analysis is location.  Debit card usage outside of a usual location could cause your card to be flagged or blocked.  Just give us a call and we can make sure you don't experience any card interruptions. 

Other tips to remember when traveling:

  • Carry limited cash.
  • Travel with more than one form of payment. 
  • Sign up for text alerts in Online or Mobile Banking.
  • Keep a record of important documents in the event of being lost or stolen.
  • Avoid free Wi-Fi.
  • Don't post location or agenda on social media.

Debit Card Security

  • Check your accounts often.
  • Protect your PIN number and do not share it with anyone.
  • Be aware of card skimmers at gas pumps, ATM's, etc.
  • Sign up for text alerts in Online or Mobile Banking.  Call us immediately if you receive an alert for an unauthorized transaction.  After hours support is available at 800-554-8969.
  • Utilize our free CardValet service.  Click here to get started.

Protect Your Mobile Device

Your mobile device provides convenient access to your email, bank and social media accounts. Unfortunately, it can potentially provide the same convenient access for criminals. We recommend following these tips to keep your information – and your money – safe.

  • Use the passcode lock, fingerprint, or Face ID on your smartphone and other devices. This will make it more difficult for thieves to access your information if your device is lost or stolen.
  • Log out completely when you finish a mobile banking session.
  • Protect your phone from viruses and malicious software, or malware, just like you do for your computer by installing mobile security software.
  • Use caution when downloading apps. Apps can contain malicious software, worms, and viruses. Beware of apps that ask for unnecessary “permissions.”
  • Download the updates for your phone and mobile apps.
  • Avoid storing sensitive information like passwords or a social security number on your mobile device.
  • Tell your financial institution immediately if you change your phone number or lose your mobile device.
  • Be aware of shoulder surfers. The most basic form of information theft is observation. Be aware of your surroundings especially when you’re punching in sensitive information.
  • Wipe your mobile device before you donate, sell or trade it using specialized software or using the manufacturer’s recommended technique. Some software allows you to wipe your device remotely if it is lost or stolen.
  • Beware of mobile phishing. Avoid opening links and attachments in emails and texts, especially from senders you don’t know. And be wary of ads (not from your security provider) claiming that your device is infected.
  • Watch out for public Wi-Fi. Public connections aren't very secure, so don’t perform banking transactions on a public network. If you need to access your account, try disabling the Wi-Fi and switching to your mobile network.
  • Report any suspected fraud to your bank immediately.

Card Cracking

Don't become a victim of card cracking.  Card cracking is a scam in where young adults are recruited to facilitate fraud.  Click here to learn more from the American Bankers Association.

Elder Financial Abuse

Elder financial abuse affects millions of senior citizens each year and accounts for billions of dollars worth of fraud.  It is a type of elder abuse in which misappropriation of financial resources or abusive use of financial control, in the context of a relationship where there is an expectation of trust, causes harm to an older person. Seniors are more vulnerable to this type of abuse because they usually have funds from retirement and their life savings, and they usually have a more trusting nature than other age groups.

Some common perpetrators can include family members, caretakers, neighbors, friends/acquaintances, etc.  The abuse can be through the malicious use of a power-of-attorney designation, inappropriate use of bank cards or checks, threats of violence, and withholding care for the senior.

The abuse can also be from impersonators; fraudsters contacting the senior for lottery/sweepstakes winnings, unneeded home repairs, law enforcement, charities, utility companies, and even people pretending to be their grandchildren.

If you suspect that you or a loved one have been the victim of elder financial abuse, call the police and your financial institution.

The Latest Scams

Financial scams are on the rise!  From elder financial abuse to phone spoofing, and everything in between.  Please stay educated and check out these articles.  

Elder Financial Abuse

Romance Scams

Caller ID Spoofing

Money Mule Scams

Money Mules & Pandemic Scams



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