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This is the first in a series of blogs on identity theft and how to prevent it.
by Gary Barnoff, President and CEO

In many ways, the Internet has made life easier.  From e-mailing to paying bills to banking, many of our daily chores can be conquered with just a click of a mouse.  Of course, we all enjoy the convenience of these luxuries, but are we setting ourselves up to be the next victims of identity theft?  According to a Javelin Strategy and Research Identity Fraud Study, 13.1 million U.S. consumers lost approximately $15 billion in 2016 due to identity theft. 

The United States Department of Justice website notes that identity theft and identity fraud can be defined as “terms used to refer to all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person’s personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain.”  In other words, all it takes is one piece of identifying information for a thief to turn your life into a financial nightmare.     

At Jarrettsville Federal, one of our top priorities is YOUR safety and protecting YOUR confidential information, and we work diligently to do so.  That’s why you can be reassured that we will NEVER solicit personal information by email or text messaging.  Should you receive any email or text that has been designed to appear as if originated by Jarrettsville Federal, do not reply or click on any links listed. 

When you contact us, we may either verify the last four digits of your social security number or the date of your last deposit to confirm your identity, but we will never contact you and request your debit/credit card number or your entire social security number.  Rest assured that if we need to contact you, we will clearly identify ourselves and conduct business in a manner that protects your security. Visit our website at www.jarrettsvillefederal.com and take a look at our Consumer Awareness Guide for more information on identity theft, including tips on how to protect your identity. 

Next month, look for tips on keeping your identity safe.

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