Protecting Your Personal Information
Beware of Phishing Scams: Phishing attacks attempt to compromise consumer’s personal identity data and financial account credentials. These schemes use e-mail to lead unsuspecting consumers to counterfeit websites. These false websites are designed to trick recipients into divulging financial data such as credit card numbers, account usernames, passwords, and social security numbers. By hijacking the brand names of banks, e-retailers, and credit card companies, phishers often convince recipients to respond.
PLEASE REMEBER THAT COUNTY SAVINGS BANK WILL NOT CONTACT YOU ASKING FOR ANY OF YOUR PERSONAL FINANCIAL DATA VIA E-MAIL. If you receive an e-mail of this sort, please do not respond to it. Please call us immediately at 610-521-1080 during normal business hours.
County Savings Bank takes your security seriously. Please take time to visit the following links for more information on how to protect yourself on the Internet.
While anyone can fall prey to fraud and identity theft, many ways exist to minimize your risk. County Savings Bank provides these security tips so you can guard against fraud and protect your personal information.
· Never give out personal information online or over the phone unless you have initiated the contact.
· Don’t include information such as your driver’s license or Social Security Number on your pre-printed checks.
· Avoid using easily guessed or learned information as your online password or personal identification number (PIN).
· Store new and cancelled checks in a secure place and shred unnecessary financial documents.
· Avoid writing your account number on envelopes or other items that may be thrown away later.
Protect Your Cards
· Choose passwords and personal identification numbers (PINs) that are difficult for others to guess.
· Use a different password for each of your online accounts.
Protect Your Mail
· If you stop receiving bills, statements or other monthly mailings, or if a bill is not received when expected, contact the issuing company immediately, this may be an indication that your mail is being intercepted.
· Promptly collect incoming mail and use a locking mailbox if possible.
· Shield the ATM keypad with your hand or body while entering your PIN.
· If you notice anything suspicious or that seems unsafe, such as the lighting around the ATM not working, use another ATM or return later.
Personal Information Protection
· Carry only necessary identification. Do not carry your Social Security Card with you.
· Be cautious of telephone and door-to-door solicitations.
Seven Practices for Safer Computing
Access to information
and entertainment, credit and financial services, products from every corner of
the world even to your work is greater than earlier generations could ever have
imaged. Thanks to the Internet, you can order books, clothes or applications
online; reserve a hotel room across the ocean; download music and games; check
your bank balance throughout the day; or access your workplace from thousands
of miles away.
The flip-side is that the Internet and the anonymity it affords also can give online scammers, hackers and identity thief’s access to your computer, personal information, finances and more.
With awareness as your safety net, you can minimize the chance of an Internet mishap. Being on guard online helps you protect your information, your computer, even yourself. To be safer and more secure online, adopt these seven practices.
Parental controls are provided by most ISPs, or are sold as separate software. No software can substitute for parental supervision. Talk to your kids about safe computing practices, as well as the things they’re seeing and doing online.
Learn more about these scams at: www.fakechecks.org