Letter from President

In light of the recent massive data breach at Equifax, I thought this would be a good time to remind everyone of a few safety tips we should all follow to help minimize our exposure to fraud or identify theft.  But first, I would like to provide you with some general information concerning the data breach. Following, please find information from the Federal Trade Commission regarding the breach:

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/09/equifax-data-breach-what-do

In addition, please know that Equifax will not call you out of the blue to inform you that you have been affected or to verify personal information. If you receive a call claiming to be Equifax, please realize it’s a scam.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/09/equifax-isnt-calling

A few additional tips for protecting yourself from fraud

  • Guard your information as you would your cash. This includes the obvious such as account numbers, passwords, PINs, and Social Security number, but also items such as your mother’s maiden name or anything you may use as an answer to a security question.
  • Don’t utilize the same PIN and/or password for numerous accounts.
  • Reconcile your bank and credit card statements as soon as you receive them.
  • Make a copy of the front and back of any credit cards you carry with you; in case of theft you now have the contact information for your cards.

Please remember due diligence is your best defense.

Sincerely,

Dale G Deiters
President/CEO