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Fraud is committed every day by telephone solicitation, direct mail and the Internet. Following these tips will help protect you against identity fraud.

  • NEVER give your personal information out over the telephone to unknown solicitations
  • NEVER respond to direct mail unless you are absolutely sure the company is legitimate
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is a scam
  • DO NOT click on the link provided in an e-mail message nor respond in any manner
  • The First State Bank will never request in an Email your user name, password, account number, address, etc. — we have that information
  • Make sure your home computer is running the latest version of Spam and Anti-virus software; update them frequently, we suggest weekly
  • Keep your password private; your password should be alpha-numeric
  • When accessing your account information it is our recommendation that you DO NOT use a public computer such as in a hotel or Internet cafe; stripping software could be installed that is recording your keystrokes
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