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Identity Theft Facts & Tips

It's estimated that in this country, a person becomes a victim of identity theft every two seconds. Remember that under no circumstances will a representative from Farmers State Bank ask you to verify your personal or bank account information from an unsolicited call, over the internet or via email. If you receive a suspicious call or email, be cautious and report it to us at any one of our branches in Bridgewater (605) 729-2582, Marion (605) 648-3683 or Parker (605) 297-3683.

The US Government has compiled this list of tips to help you avoid falling victim to identity theft.

  • Keep your social security number safe. Don't carry your card in your wallet or write it on your checks.
  • If you receive a call, email or letter you did not request that asks for credit card numbers, bank account numbers or your personal information such as your birthdate, social security number, etc., don't respond.
  • When you type in a password on a computer or PIN number at the ATM, shield the keypad from "shoulder surfers."
  • Collect your mail promptly. If you're going to be out of town, ask the Post Office to hold your mail until you return.
  • Contact the sender if your bills or financial statements are late. This means you should pay close attention to billing cycles.
  • Check your accounts daily and compare your receipts to the transactions on your accounts. This is the best way to catch unauthorized transactions.
  • Shred any old receipts, credit offers, account statements or expired credit cards. Doing so can prevent "dumpster divers" from accessing your information.
  • Store your personal information in a safe place at home or at work.
  • Install firewalls or virus protection on your home computer.
  • "password" or "123456" are NOT secure passwords. Set up passwords that would be difficult for someone to guess and use a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters.
  • Monitor your credit. You are entitled to receive a free credit report once every 12 months. Click here to lean more.

Fraud and Scam Alerts

Lost or Stolen Advantage Checkcard?

If you lose your Advantage ATM Card:

  • Report the lost or stolen card right away to your Famers State Bank branch during bank hours.
  • If your card is lost or stolen after hours, call 1 (800) 236-2442 if you are in the U.S. Outside the U.S., call 1 (414) 291-8411
  • Learn more about your Verified by Visa Advantage Checkcard 

Bridgewater
605.729.2582

Marion
605.648.3683

Parker
605.297.3683