Source: Seena Gressin, Attorney for the Division of Consumer & Business Education, Federal Trade Commission
IMPORTANT NOTE: North State Bank, as a company, was not impacted by the Equifax breach and our data systems were not compromised.
What Happened and What To Do
A recent Equifax data breach exposed personal information of 143 million American consumers who have a credit report. To find out if your information was exposed, visit the Equifax website
using a secure computer on a secure network. Select the “Potential Impact” tab. You will be prompted to enter your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number.
Whether or not your information was exposed, any U.S. consumer can get a year of free credit monitoring and other services. The site will give you a date when you can come back to enroll. Take note of the date and come back to the site and click “Enroll” on that date. You have until November 21, 2017, to complete the enrollment.
North State Bank monitors debit card activity with Fraud Center. Using advanced technology to review debit card transactions in near real-time, Fraud Center will contact you immediately if a suspicious transaction occurs. To make sure we can reach you quickly and easily, take a moment to confirm your mobile number and email address with your local North State Bank office.
HOW IT WORKS
||First, Fraud Center will send an email notification to the primary cardholder. The email will prompt you to reply “fraud” or “no fraud” to let us know if the transaction was authorized.
||Next, if you do not respond to the email within one minute, Fraud Center will send a text message to the mobile number we have on file. The text will prompt you to reply “fraud” or “no fraud” to let us know if the transaction was authorized.
||Then, if Fraud Center doesn’t receive a response to the email or text, you will receive an automated phone call prompting you to confirm or deny if the suspicious transaction was fraudulent. During this call, you will have the option to speak with a fraud analyst.
Fraud Center will repeat these attempts to reach you until the possible fraud has been confirmed or denied. In some instances, your card will be blocked for use until Fraud Center receives your response. Fraud Center messages will not ask for your PIN or account number. Never give your account number or PIN out via text message or email.
The Fraud Center phone number is 1-800-417-4592 and it is open 24/7.
Receive near real-time updates about your North State Bank Visa® debit card activity with Visa Alerts. This service is offered free of charge to all debit card users and is customizable based on your preferences. You can select alerts for any or all of the following:
- Purchases over a specified amount--for example, $50 or above.
- Card absent transactions such as payments made by phone or online.
- Card activity outside of the United States.
Each alert contains purchase information, including the amount, merchant name and location (if available) and the last four digits of the debit card number. Plus, you can select the communication style that best meets your needs, choosing from:
- Text messages
- Or both for extra security and convenience
Sign up is quick and easy!
Card usage time vs. when you receive the alert is dependent on wireless service and coverage within the area. Alerts service may not be available in all areas. Gasoline alerts may not include purchase amount. Account activity qualifying for Alerts service may vary by issuer. Additional restrictions apply.
Other Ways to Monitor and Protect Your Information
Credit Report Monitoring
Check your credit reports from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion for free by visiting annualcreditreport.com. Accounts or activity that you don’t recognize could indicate identity theft. Visit IdentityTheft.gov to find out what to do.
Consider placing a credit freeze on your files. A credit freeze makes it harder for someone to open a new account in your name. Keep in mind that a credit freeze won’t prevent a thief from making charges to your existing accounts.
If you decide against a credit freeze, consider placing a fraud alert on your files. A fraud alert warns creditors that you may be an identity theft victim and they should take extra precautions when issuing credit to someone in your name.
Monitor Bank Accounts and Credit Cards Regularly
Monitor your existing bank accounts and credit cards closely for charges you don’t recognize. Your North State Bank account can be securely accessed 24/7 via Online and Mobile Banking. If you are not enrolled, call your local banking office to sign up.
File Your Taxes Promptly
File your taxes as soon as you have the tax information you need, before a scammer can. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. Respond right away to letters from the IRS.
Visit Identitytheft.gov/databreach to learn more about protecting yourself after a data breach.