5 Symptoms of ID Theft

 

Identity theft is a modern-day reality posing a threat to consumers and businesses alike. One way to minimize the financial chaos resulting from a personal breech is to recognize early on that your identity has been stolen –  and react quickly to limit and repair the damage, advises Victory State Bank.

According to the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), companies have different policies for notifying customers when they discover that someone has accessed a customer database. However, you should be aware of changes in your normal account activity.

Victory State Bank, is highlighting the following examples listed by US-CERT as changes that could indicate someone has accessed your information:

1)       Unusual or unexplainable charges on your bills

2)       Phone calls or bills for accounts, products, or services that you do not have

3)       Failure to receive regular bills or mail

4)       New, strange accounts appearing on your credit report

5)       Unexpected denial of your credit card

If you suspect or know that your identity has been stolen, US-CERT suggests you do the following:

  • Start by visiting IdentityTheft.gov – This is a trusted, one-stop resource to help you report and recover from identity theft. Information provided here includes checklists, sample letters, and links to other resources.
  • Possible next steps in the process – You may need to contact credit reporting agencies or companies where you have accounts, file police or other official reports, and consider other information that may have been compromised.

Other sites that offer information and guidance for recovering from identity theft are:

 

 

About Victory State Bank

 

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: 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 at www.VictoryStateBank.com.

 

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