Fraud Prevention Resources
National Fraud Information Center
Federal Trade Commission: Identity Theft Site
- Bureau of Consumer Protection
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Protect Yourself Against Fraud
Fraud has become big business in America; unscrupulous individuals use hundreds of methods to separate honest people from their hard-earned money. Fortunately, there are ways to safeguard your assets against fraudulent activity.
- Never provide personal information in response to an unsolicited request.
- Never provide account information and/or password over the phone or in response to an unsolicited phone call or internet request.
- Review account statements regularly to ensure all charges are correct.
- Shred financial or personal documents before discarding, and secure personal information.
- Protect personal identification numbers (PINs) and other passwords that allow access credit cards, debit cards, ATM cards, etc.
- Avoid using obvious or easily available information for passwords.
- Protect personal computers safe by installing firewall, virus and spyware protection software.
There is a type of identity theft using the Internet called “phishing” (pronounced “fishing”). Phishing is the term used for brand spoofing as a malicious attempt to collect customer information for the purpose of committing fraud. Phishing is accomplished by directing customers to a fraudulent website that appears to be a legitimate site. The site then includes instructions or forms that allow the scammer to obtain bank accounts, addresses and social security numbers—all the data necessary to commit identity theft. In some cases, a pop-up window may appear for the purpose of collecting your financial or other personal information. If you provide the requested information, you may find yourself a victim of identity theft. If you receive a suspicious email representing itself as Pacific Continental Bank or to report potential threats you may receive in the form of email purporting to be from Pacific Continental Bank, please forward the message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pacific Continental Bank will aggressively pursue any potential phishing scams.