Security Center - Be Safe Online
At Western Bank of Clovis we are committed to educating our customers on how to better protect themselves from online fraud. As the technology evolves to better businesses and consumer’s lives, it also has improved the ability for thieves to steal personal and confidential information over the Internet. Please take some time to look over the information that we have put together for you, so that you can protect yourself from online fraud.
- Never give your Access Id or Passcode out or leave it where someone can find it and use it.
- Create a secure Passcode.
- Never use common dictionary words, family or pet names, dates of birth, social security numbers, or phone numbers.
- Vary where you capitalize letters.
- Substitute symbols for characters or numbers. Example: use a $ for s.
- Use a phrase instead of words. Example: Mutual respect inspires a peak performance from all. = mRiapPfa.
- Change your Passcode often.
- Use the Exit/Log Out button to end your Internet session. Never use the “Back” button to navigate through the Internet Banking site.
- Balance your account on a regular basis.
- Ensure that Virus and Spyware protection is installed and frequently updated on all your computers.
- Consider installing a firewall for your home or business network.
Phishing (pronounced fishing)
This is the latest type of email fraud. Using sophisticated technology, thieves are creating emails and websites that look authentic. They will even put logos of legitimate businesses on their webpage’s to make their site look authentic. The thieves sending this type of email are trying to obtain or “fish” personal and confidential information out of you.
Western Bank of Clovis will never ask for sensitive information such as Social Security Number, Access ID, Passcode, or Account Number, via email. If you suspect you have received a fraudulent email from Western Bank, please call Customer Service at 575-769-1975 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key Signs that an email may be fraudulent:
- There will be a sense of urgency, i.e. your account will be blocked if you don’t provide information.
- The email will request personal information such as account number, credit and debit card number, social security, access id, passcode, mother’s maiden name, and other sensitive information.
- The email may ask you to reregister for online banking.
- The email may have spelling and grammatical errors.
- These emails may include false links leading to a fraudulent website, the link may have part of the company’s name in it.
- Always type in a website’s address in the address line; don’t click on links in an email from someone you don’t know.
- Don’t open unsolicited email or click on links or documents with double extensions, i.e. “areyouthere.doc.pif”.
- Never open attachments with files ending in .exe, .pif, or .vbs, these extensions are for executables and are commonly dangerous files.
- Do not open email from someone you don’t know.
File complaints with the US Federal Trade at www.onguardonline.gov click on “File a Complaint”.