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From our day to day activities, no one is longer an exception from identity thieves. A billionaire hardware chain founder, John Menard, was a recent traget, as Someone had called his bank in Wisconsin, the United States, requesting that a sum of $475,000 be transferred to a bank account outside the country.
The caller obviously had Menard’s account number details including his password and social security number, according to a report by www.aol.com.
Unfortunately for the caller, the bank decided to call Menard’s office, already on aboard a flight at the time requested that the transaction be aborted.
Cyber criminals are getting wiser in their quest to steal large amounts of money from unsuspecting bank account holders, through use of electronic payment platforms.
Many bank customers have fallen victims to online thieves who have access to our bank accounts in different ways.
In the old days, robbers would normally storm banks with guns; and if they were able to get away with a lot of money, it was the bank’s problem. These days identity theft is the preferred method of robbery, which means thieves are targeting individual bank customers, making the whole salutation even worse and a lot more personal.
So it is not bad idea to be extra careful and make sure you do everything you can to protect your bank details. while is arguably easy for a thief to get required information to access your account, it is also now easy to protect yourself against such attacks. So, we show you how to keep the following five steps in mind to protect your account.
- Anytime you type in your password, keep it covered
Theses days, thieves are known to rig cameras at banks’ Automated Teller Machines, which is meant to observe you while typing in your password when you are depositing or taking out money from the ATM.
The Chief Security Officer of MagTek, Tom Patterson, says that “some thieves have gone into grocery stores and installed tiny, hidden cameras, designed to catch your fingers typing in your password, especially when you pay for products with your debit card.”
Patterson, who is one of the world leaders in creating secure electronic payment technology, including those machines you swipe your credit card in, advises that you can block the angles so that nobody can view what you are typing.
- Get to know your bank teller
The Security Director, Crescent State Bank, a regional bank in North Carolina, Jo Sorbi, comments on the problem of keeping one’s identity safe. She stresses the importance of staying with a bank for a long time.
According to her, “the longer you stay with a bank, the more you create a history with the bank and it can easily suspect any transaction or request that not tally with your financial habit.”
- Shred everything
You must destroy bills and any other paperwork that includes personal and account information. You can buy a personal shredder for your home, and be diligent about shredding everything that contains critical information that could be used to steal from you.
- Get a post office box
But if you don’t want to go through the trouble and expense of renting a post office box, Sorbi suggests this instead:
“Go online, and take yourself off the unsolicited credit card offers. Tell them you don’t want any of the materials being offered. It may not stop criminals from possibly getting access to your credit information, but it will give them less to work with if they drive up to your mailbox.”
As the Times revealed, Stickey disguised himself as a pest-control technician, a fire inspector or some other plausible worker, and once he got access into the bank, he would go to work, stealing customers’ personal information (and then reported his findings to the bank management, which hired him to break in)