Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, it has passed drug trafficking as the number one crime in America.
It is important for The State Bank to help clients understand that their identity is one of the most valuable things they own. It’s important to keep your identity from being stolen by someone who can potentially harm your good name and financial well-being.
While the words may sound like a foreign language, phishing, pharming, vishing, spyware, and dumpster diving are actually techniques used by thieves to put your finances at risk. Identity theft attacks grow more frequent and sophisticated every year.
Identity theft occurs when someone uses these things without your knowledge to commit fraud or other crimes:
- Your name
- Social Security Number
- Credit card
- Financial account numbers
- Other personal information