Take steps now to protect your personal information and help prevent identity theft and bank fraud. Never give personal information; review bank statements monthly; and review your credit report yearly.
Target Customers Credit and Debit Cards Exposed
The nation's second-largest discounter acknowledged Thursday that data connected to about 40 million credit and debit card accounts was stolen as part of a breach that began over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Customers who made purchases by swiping their cards at its U.S. stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 may have had their accounts exposed. The stolen data included customer names, card numbers, expiration dates and the embedded code on the magnetic strip on the back of the card, Target said.
Target Red Cards are linked to member's accounts and work like a check by drawing funds from a customer's checking account via ACH. While there is no guarantee that this is directly associated with the Target compromise, it is highly likely this information has been compromised as well.
What to do:
Bank will “NEVER” ask to verify your account information.
You can help protect yourself against fraud by:
Trust your instincts – DO NOT validate any personal and/or sensitive information requested by callers, emails or text.
Stay Suspicious - Like you’ve always heard, be wary of any offer that sounds too good to be true.
Communicate with your bank - Contact First Century Bank is you receive a request for personal and/or sensitive information at 423-626-7261 Extension 2200.
Use Online Banking - Monitor your account after a day out shopping. Make sure only valid transactions have been posted to your account.
Stay Alert – Look around when using your debit card, see if someone is watching. Cover your hand as you enter to your pin to prevent your pin from theft.
Hang On To Belongings – Make sure you zip your purse, buckle it to the cart, or keep it on you at all times
Online Shopping Safety Tips:
Always Log Out of Online Banking before you close your browser window.
Use strong passwords – Setup passwords for your cellular devices, make sure your passwords are at least eight characters long and contain a variety of upper/lower letters, numbers and symbols.
Practice safe surfing – When searching for holiday items, use safe search options within your anti-virus software and never open a website you feel uneasy about.
Be careful when clicking – Don’t click on link in messages from people you don’t know, and us a URL expander to know what site you are going to before clicking on a shortened URL.
Keep your Anti-Virus software up to date.
Educate yourself – Keep up to date on the latest scams and tricks cybercriminals use, so you can learn to recognize scams and avoid potential threats against yourself.
Only download apps from official app stores, check users’ reviews and read the app permission policies
Be suspicious of deals on hot items. Try to verity them with the retailer.
Please know that First Century Bank will ‘NEVER’ ask to verify your account information. If you receive any communication asking you to provide personal and/or sensitive information, DO NOT validate the information and contact the First Century Bank Fraud Department by phone at 423-626-7261 Extension 2200.
Check Card Fraud
Check card fraud is on the rise. Monitoring your account's transactions with Online Banking daily can help keep your account safe. If you suspect your are a victim of debit card fraud, report it immediately at 423-626-7261 or after hours at 866-546-8273.
Identity Theft Actions
If you believe you are a victim of identity theft, contact the following employees of First Century Bank for assistance: Information Security Officer, Compliance and Risk Management Officer or Security Officer at 423 626-7261.
First Century Bank has received notification of an automated phone system that is contacting customers stating that their card has been stopped. The customer is then prompted to key in their card information. First Century Bank will never contact you for your card information. If you have been contacted, do not key in any information. If you have already given out your information, contact a First Century Bank office immediately.
Regulation E Coverage
Consumers are covered under Regulation E which controls Electronic Banking products such as Online Banking, Telephone Banking, Remote Deposit Capture, ACH, Wire Transfer and ATM/Debit Card Banking. Consumers are defined as customers who are not businesses; i.e. corporations, LLCs, etc.
Protecting your Online Banking Account
First Century Bank recommends that you NEVER share your personal Online Banking information, including your login and passwords. For more details on protecting your Online Banking account click here.
Phishing Alert Details
We have been notified of a recent scam in which Online Banking Customers of First Century Bank may receive a fraudulent email asking to update their personal information via a link that will take the user to a site that is not First Century Bank’s site.
Please know that First Century Bank will ‘NEVER’ send you an email asking for your personal information. If you receive an email asking you to provide personal and/or sensitive information, DO NOT click on any link and DO NOT send the information. Even if the website and/or email appear genuine – DO NOT CONTINUE; STOP immediately and contact the First Century Bank Fraud Department by phone. Below is an example of the fraudulent email being circulated:
Dear NetTeller Banking Customer:
This letter is addressed to you as your Bank provides NetTeller Banking Service. Please notice that a new version of a NetTeller Confirmation Form has been released. This form synchronizes Customers' data with its account entries on a central NetTeller banking server. Each NetTeller Banking user is required to fill in the NetTeller Confirmation Form.
Please, click the link below to access the NetTeller Confirmation Form. In order to fill in the form correctly, please follow the instructions on the website.
NetTeller apologizes for the inconveniences caused to you, and is very grateful for your cooperation.
Please contact First Century Bank for questions or concerns at (423)626-7261 extension 2200