Keep these points in mind when you go online
If you suspect fraud on your account, please contact First American Bank at (847) 952-3700 as soon as possible.
In today's world, fraud encompasses much more than counterfeit checks and money.
- With the advent of the internet, there are many more types of fraud, and it has become easier than ever for predators to take advantage of unsuspecting, honest consumers.
- At First American Bank, your protection is important to us. And the best ways to avoid fraud are to educate yourself and to take preventive measures.
This crime occurs when someone steals your private personal information such as your social security number, credit card number, or checking account number, and uses this information to commit theft or incur debt while pretending to be you.
- Identity theft is big business for criminals and it is much more than someone stealing credit cards.
- A thief may steal your checking account information and your mother’s maiden name. Then, posing as you, this individual can drain your checking account, investments or other savings vehicles.
- For more information on identity theft and how you can protect yourself, click the following links.
The internet has made phishing particularly attractive to scam artists who prey on unsuspecting online users.
- There are many variations of phishing schemes, but they all share a similar objective.
- Scam artists try to trick you into providing your personal and financial information by pretending to be from a legitimate company, agency or organization.
- For more information on phishing and current phishing scams, click on the following links.
Important Reminder: First American Bank will NEVER ask for your account number or PIN number via email.
Click on the following links for further information about ways to protect yourself from identity theft as well as information on various fraud schemes.
Federal Trade Commission - https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/
OnGuard Online - https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0038-onguardonline
US Postal Inspection Service - http://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/
Center for Internet Security - https://www.cisecurity.org/
US-CERT - https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas