We trust them with personal financial information. They see and have access to our bank account numbers and debit card numbers. No wonder, then, it is unsettling to learn that bank tellers have been increasingly involved in reported cases of identity theft. According to reports, bank tellers have been caught selling Personally Identifiable Information (PII) to individuals who then take that information and turn it into fake credit cards or checks. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), more than 8,600 complaints against banks and lenders were reported by Texas consumers last year alone. In fact, Bank Fraud was ranked as one of the top five types of identity theft. That’s why the Better Business Bureau advises people to monitor their bank statements regularly, especially on accounts like they may not check as often. What tips does BBB offer to avoid fraud and ID theft? Guard your account number. Never give your account number to anyone unless it is a representative of your bank or credit union. Even then, take steps to insure that’s who you’re talking to. Keep your transactions secure. Safeguard your bank account information, credit card numbers, Social Security number and other personal data when you use […]
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