+ What are some types of fraud?

Below are a couple types of fraud. We will update this section and let you know of fraud in our area.

Identity Theft: Identity theft is a crime, a federal offense that occurs when someone uses your personal information without your knowledge or permission for personal gain. Unfortunately, identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in 2019 there were over 650,500 formal identity theft claims filed (and many don’t file a complaint because they are too embarrassed, so this number is assumed to be much higher). Identity Theft claims accounted for over 20% of fraud reported to the FTC in 2019.

This information and other details available at: https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/reports/consumer-sentinel-network-data-book-2019/consumer_sentinel_network_data_book_2019.pdf

Debit / Credit Card Theft: A form of identity theft, occurs when a criminal deceitfully gains access to and uses another person’s payment card account. This can happen to anyone, anytime. Another reason why it’s so important to review account statements often and expeditiously and report anything suspicious to us immediately. Also, it is important to keep your PIN in a safe place, and not on your debit or credit card or in your wallet.

E-mail Fraud: Another type of fraud can be happening in your email inbox or on your cell phone with text messages by requesting your passwords or personal information. Click the link below for more details and to know how to protect yourself.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-recognize-and-avoid-phishing-scams

Please click on the following links to report identity theft and/or learn more: