The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimates that as many as 10 million Americans have their identities stolen each year.

Identity theft occurs when someone uses information unique to you, like your name, Social Security number, or credit card number, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes.

Skilled identity thieves may use a variety of methods to steal your information. Their efforts may be as simple as stealing your mail or as sophisticated as posing as a company through e-mail or on the phone.

Once they have your personal information, identity thieves can use it to commit various forms of fraud – from opening a credit card account in your name to providing your information upon applying for a job. Many consumers learn that their identity has been stolen only after damage has been done.

Businesses, large and small, are not immune to identity theft. As a business owner you not only need to protect your own identity, you have a responsibility to protect your business, employees and customers.

As your financial institution, we are committed to protecting your identity.


Source:
Federal Trade Commission