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Identity Theft

Tips to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Identity Theft?

Internet Phishing Scam

Internet scammers casting about for people’s financial information have a new way to lure unsuspecting victims: They go “phishing.” Phishing is a high-tech scam that deceives you into disclosing your credit card numbers, bank account information, Social Security number, passwords, and other sensitive information. ?Phishing begins with an unsolicited, but official-looking e-mail that may, for example, tell you that you need to “update” or “validate” your account information to keep your account active. The e-mail will include a link to a web site that looks exactly like the web site of a legitimate business, further tricking you into thinking it is a valid request. Unknowingly, you may submit your financial information — not to the legitimate business – but to scammers, who use it to order goods and services and obtain credit. At Bank of Yazoo, we’re aware of such scams, and because your privacy and account security are important to us, you should know that we do not send any e-mail that requests your personal account information or asks for your password or PIN number.

Click here for the Federal Trade Commission booklet on "Taking Charge: What To Do IF Your Identity is Stolen"