Protecting Your Personal Information
Beware of Phishing Scams: Phishing attacks attempt to compromise consumers 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 remember that Lincoln 1st 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 973-694-0330.
Lincoln 1st 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. Lincoln 1st 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 drivers 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.
- Do not share your IDs, passwords, or PINs with anyone.
- Change your passwords often.
- Keep a secure list of your card account and customer service numbers in case your cards are lost or stolen.
- If you are shopping online, don’t provide your personal or financial information through a company’s website until you have checked for indicators that the site is secure, like a lock icon on the browser’s status bar or a website URL that begins “https:” (the “s” stands for “secure”). Unfortunately, no indicator is foolproof; some scammers have forged security icons.
- Monitor your card transaction activity on your bank statements.
- Upon receipt of your card, ensure that you sign the back signature panel.
- To report suspicious card activity, or lost/stolen cards, please contact Lincoln 1st Bank Customer Service at 973-694-0330 during regular business hours or 1-800-523-4175 when our offices are closed.
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.
- Send outgoing mail from a secured mailbox or a post office; try to avoid leaving outgoing mail in your home mailbox.
- Shred all unwanted pre-approved offers for credit cards, convenience checks or loans.
- 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.
- Beware of skimming devices which generally will stick out a few extra inches from an ATM. If something looks suspicious, find another ATM. Don’t fall for a poor fitting device (or a sticker or sign that says ‘Swipe Here First’ or ‘Use This Machine Only’).
- Immediately put away your card or cash.
- Be aware of nearby strangers.
- Never leave your transaction statement behind.
- If a machine keeps your card, call the bank immediately and report it.
- Treat your ATM card like cash. Keep your eyes on your card; don’t let a merchant walk off with your card even for a few seconds.
- If you use a drive-up ATM, make sure all doors are locked and all other windows are rolled up.
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.
- Don’t leave personal information in your car. It’s even more valuable than your stereo.
- Shred unnecessary financial information immediately.
- Check your credit report annually.
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 thieves 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.
- Protect your personal information. Its valuable.
- Know who you’re dealing with.
- Use antivirus and personal firewall software and update both regularly.
- Be sure to set up your operating system and Web browser software properly, and update them regularly.
- Protect your passwords.
- Back up important files.
- Learn who to contact if something goes wrong online.
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 theyre seeing and doing online.
Learn more about these scams at: www.FakeChecks.org