Deter • Detect • Defend: Fight Back Against Identity Theft
Each year, millions of Americans have
their identity stolen. Skilled identity thieves use a variety of methods
to steal your personal information. Follow these tips to help you fight financial
Shred financial documents and paperwork with personal information
before you discard them.
Protect your Social Security number. Don't carry your Social
Security card in your wallet or write your Social Security number on a check. Give
it out only if absolutely necessary or ask to use another identifier.
Don't give out personal information on the phone, through
the mail, or over the Internet unless you know who you are dealing with.
Never click on links sent in unsolicited emails; instead,
type in a web address you know. Use firewalls, anti-spyware, and anti-virus software
to protect your home computer; keep them up-to-date.
Don't use an obvious password like your birth date, your
mother's maiden name, or the last four digits of your Social Security number.
Keep your personal information in a secure place at home,
especially if you have roommates, employ outside help, or are having work done in
Great Northern Bank is doing whatever it takes for your information
to be secure. Please let us know if you need more help in securing your financial
records and other confidential information.
For more information on how to protect yourself from identity
theft, visit the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
www.consumer.gov/idtheft or toll
free at 877-FTC-HELP.
Adapted from the
Federal Trade Commission website
identity thieves by safeguarding your information.
Detect suspicious activity by routinely monitoring your
financial accounts and billing statements.
Defend against ID theft as soon as you suspect a problem.