How to protect yourself from identity theft

At First IB, we want to help you protect yourself from becoming an unwitting victim of identity theft and online fraud. There are simple ways you can protect your personal information from falling into the wrong hands.


Attempts to defraud online banking customers have been reported recently by several financial institutions. In the scam, customers and non-customers of a particular financial institution receive an email message, supposedly from a particular bank, stating an online banking password had been lost. The email provides a link to the site where the customer is asked to log in and provide the details of the lost data. The site is fraudulent, however. For more information, see an article in Computerworld.

You will never receive a message from a First IB employee or department asking for your online banking password. If you receive any such suspicious message, please notify First IB to confirm the legitimacy of the message.

Use a bookmark (also known as a Favorites link) to log in to your First IB account as well as other sites that contain sensitive or personal information. Do not follow a link that may be contained in an email message.


Be wary if someone calls you asking for your credit card number or social security number. You will never receive a call from First IB or any of its service providers asking for your card number.

When calling your bank, credit card company, Internet Service Provider, or any other company to discuss your personal information, be sure you have dialed the right phone number before you divulge any information.


For more information on how to protect your identity, visit a website created by the centralized government task force on identity theft at The Federal Trade Commission has also published a brochure on ways to protect your identity.

Order your credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus each year and make sure all the information is correct.



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