Protect your identity week highlights identity theft protection


Next week is “National Protect Your Identity Week.” Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank urges customers to pay particular attention to identity theft prevention.

“Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank works diligently to protect our customers from identity theft,” Christopher Wells, president, said in a press release. “We use a combination of safeguards to protect customer information, such as employee training, strict privacy policies, and rigorous security standards. But we can’t do it alone. Customers can help us protect them by following a few simple precautions.”

According to a press release, steps to avoid becoming a victim include: Shred or tear up statements and other personal information; be alert for any missing mail, particularly account statements and bills that do not arrive when expected; review monthly accounts regularly for any unauthorized charges through the Internet, phone or ATM statements; order free copies of your credit report once a year from each of the credit reporting agencies to ensure accuracy; and report any suspected fraud immediately to your bank and the fraud units of the three credit reporting agencies.

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