Tips for a Safe, Secure Online Shopping Experience
With the holidays quickly approaching, the Independent Community Bankers of America ® (ICBA) and NorthSide Community Bank offer consumers the following tips to consider if they are planning to make any of their holiday purchases online. “Even though the holiday season can be quite busy, it’s never too busy to ensure that your personal information is safe when shopping online,” said Bill Loving, ICBA chairman and president and CEO of Pendleton Community Bank, Franklin, W.Va.
The total financial loss attributed to identity theft in 2013 is estimated to be $21 billion, according to the Department of Justice and Javelin Strategy and Research. Consumers need to be on high alert this holiday season, and any time they choose to make purchases online, to avoid falling victim to identity theft and to protect their sensitive financial information.
With that in mind, ICBA and NorthSide Community Bank offer the following tips:
“The most important thing is our customers’ safety and financial security,” Patricia Clausen, President, NorthSide Community Bank “If any customer has questions about the security of their financial information, our team at NorthSide Community Bank is than happy to answer any problems or concerns you might have. We want information about you and your family to be safe and protected at all times.”
During any time of year, NorthSide Community Bank and the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) want consumers to have the information they need before they leave home to keep their money safe.
Financial professionals agree that the safest and most convenient way to travel with your money is to take a small amount of cash with you. It’s also a good idea to carry a debit, credit or ATM card. These cards are convenient while traveling because they are easy to carry, easy to use and often offer the lowest fees and the best exchange rates.
However, travelers still need to plan ahead to be prepared. To help, we offer these tips to consumers about what they need to take care of before they take off:
For your protection against debit card fraud, NorthSide Community Bank has restricted transactions originating in countries with a high level of fraudulent transaction.
Click here to see a listing of restricted countries. If you are traveling to one or more of these countries just call us first!
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In 2009, more than 11 million adult consumers in the US were affected by Identity Theft – up 12% from 2008. Identity Theft represents 26% of all complaints to the Federal Trade Commission and has been its most frequently reported crime for the last 8 years. Women and young adults, aged 18-29, are the most frequent victims.
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