Scam Alerts, Identity Theft, Fraud, and Other Privacy Issues
Thieves and criminals are always coming up with new ways to gain access to your most sensitive information. Your safety is the main priority at Heartland Bank, which is why we offer you banking features with extensive security. While our systems have never been hacked, your information is still vulnerable outside our walls. That’s why it’s important to stay up-to-date about current crime in order to keep you and your personal information safe.
Heartland Bank is constantly aware of threats happening in our area and around the country. If you ever feel you’re at risk or have any questions, stop by a location near you to speak to one of our banking experts, or give us a call.
This large, organized group of criminals target victims all across the country, including here in Illinois. These thieves break into vehicles and steal purses, wallets, and bags left behind. They then use that information to either steal a victim’s identity or empty their bank accounts. The Felony Lane Gang got their nickname because they often use the drive-thru lane at the bank, where it’s easier to impersonate a victim and pass fake ID’s.
What to do if you’ve been targeted:
If you have a Dell Inc. personal computer, it’s important to know of this major security flaw. Some computers that were shipped after August 2015 may have a bug that lets hackers gain access to your computer’s encrypted information. As a result, hackers can install malware on your device.
Have you ever received a check from a mystery shopping company? There’s a chance it could be a scam. With so many different mystery shopping businesses out there, you should know how they work, and when to be suspicious. Learn more about mystery shopping scams – including how to keep your personal information safe and avoid getting ripped off.
ATM skimming involves putting devices on ATMs that read your card number, which thieves then put on a blank card and use it to drain your account. Perhaps the scariest part of this crime is that most ATM users don’t even notice it is happening. Use this helpful guide on ATM skimming to learn more about how it works, and what you need to be on the lookout for the next time you use an ATM.
While there are layers of protection in place at Heartland Bank, we cannot fully protect your account if hackers are illegally getting ahold of your username and password. Our systems are completely secure and tested on a regular basis against intrusion. Still, thieves are becoming more and more creative when it comes to stealing personal information. Keep these security tips in mind to make sure you stay protected:
To learn more about Consumer Security and Online Theft, visit any of our convenient locations today, or give us a call.
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