Prevent Fraud & Protect Yourself
Peoples Bank works constantly to help protect our customers from criminal activity in the form of fraud. An educated and informed customer can prevent fraud and protect sensitive information.
How can I help protect myself?
Do not open or respond to online solicitations for personal information. Peoples Bank will never send email containing attachments, or require customers to send personal information via email or pop-up windows.
Be wary of any unsolicited or unexpected emails from all sources. If you receive an email urging you to update personal or financial information, do not click on the link. Instead, enter the company’s web address in your browser.
Do not be intimidated by emails requesting information immediately in order to prevent account closure. Any communications requesting immediate response should be treated as suspect.
Exercise extreme caution when shopping online. Only enter credit card information and personal data when it involves a transaction you initiate.
Always use a secure Website when submitting credit card numbers or personal information online.
Review your credit report annually. A free copy of your credit report is available at www.annualcreditreport.com or by calling 1-877-322-8228.
Shred financial or personal documents before discarding. Most fraud and identity theft incidences happen as a result of mail and garbage theft.
Utilize Online Banking regularly to monitor your account activity and quickly detect any fraudulent transactions.
Pay bills online with Free Online Bill Payment. The fewer personal documents sent through the mail, the less chance there is for possible fraud.
Always put outgoing mail in a U.S. Postal Service mailbox, which is more secure than your home mailbox.
Collect your mail promptly each day.
More online safety tips can be found in the article: How to Guard Against Internet Thieves and Electronic Scams
If you feel your personal or financial information has been compromised, contact your local Banking Center immediately.