Victory State Bank Echoes Federal Trade Commission’s Tips to Protect Children’s Data
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Victory State Bank is pointing to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for guidance in averting child identity theft.
This type of ID theft occurs when someone uses a minor’s personal information to commit fraud.
A thief may steal and use a child’s information to get a job, government benefits, medical care, utilities, car loans, or a mortgage.
Avoiding, discovering, and undoing the damage resulting from the theft of a child’s identity can be a challenge.
In order to keep your child’s personal information safe, the FTC suggests the following:
• Keep all documents that show a child’s personal information safely locked up. What is personal information? At a minimum, it includes a child’s date of birth, Social Security number, and birth certificate. Don’t carry your child’s Social Security card with you.
• Share your child’s Social Security number only when you know and trust the other party. If someone asks for your child’s Social Security number, ask why they want it, how they’ll safeguard it, how long they’ll keep it, and how they’ll dispose of it. If you’re not satisfied with the answers, don’t share the number. Ask to use another identifier.
• Before you share personal information on the internet, make sure you have a secure connection. A secure website has a lock icon in the address bar and a URL that begins with “https.”
• Use a computer with updated antivirus and firewall protection. Don’t send personal or financial information – your child’s or your own, for that matter – through an unsecured wireless connection in a public place.
About Victory State Bank:
VSB Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank. For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online http://www.victorystatebank.com.