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How can I prevent identity theft?

Identity theft is the illegal use of your name or personal information to open credit accounts, bank accounts, mobile phone accounts, and more – or to illegally assume ownership of existing accounts you already legitimately hold.

What to Watch Out For:

Identity theft may occur with the loss or theft of a wallet or a purse, but there are other ways identity thieves can obtain your personal information. By using care and common sense, you can avoid these identity theft tactics:

 

  • Phishing is a ploy thieves use to trick you into divulging personal, financial, or account information. Posing as respectable companies or organizations, thieves send out emails. These bogus emails ask you to reply, or else steer you to fraudulent web pages. You are then asked to provide personal information – your credit card number, Social Security Number, account password, and so on.

  • Phone Phishing (or Vishing) is another ruse thieves use to collect sensitive information from you. In this deceit, they either leave a phone message or send regular mail. In both cases, they ask you to respond by telephone. If you do, you will be encouraged by them into divulging sensitive information.

  • Dumpster Diving (or Trash Sifting) is how thieves acquire hardcopy records of your personal and/or account information – by intercepting carelessly discarded financial statements, payroll stubs, or other important records. This valuable information also may be secretly acquired from respectable third parties you normally interact with, where personal data is often in hardcopy form.

 


 

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*The Annual Percentage Yield (APY) as advertised is accurate as of . Interest rate and APY are subject to change at any time without notice before and after a High Yield Savings Account is opened.

 

For a CD account, rates are subject to change at any time without notice before the account is opened. Your rate will be fixed on the business day‡ we receive your completed application, provided we receive your deposit within 30 days after your application is approved. After a CD is opened, additional deposits to the account are not permitted. Early CD withdrawals may be subject to significant penalties which could cause you to lose some of your principal. Please see the Deposit Account Agreement for additional terms and conditions and Truth-in-Savings disclosures.

 

**The national average APY is accurate as of November 30, 2020, as published in the FDIC's Weekly National Rates and Rate Caps; average rate used is for deposits under $100,000.

 

†You may make up to nine (9) withdrawals or transfers out of your High Yield Savings Account during a monthly statement cycle. Read More in FAQs.

 

‡For purposes of transferring funds, business days are Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Transfers can be initiated 24/7 via the website or phone, but any transfers initiated after 7:00 PM Eastern Time or on non-business days will begin to be processed on the next business day.

 

♢Calculations are estimates of expected interest earned. Actual results may vary, based on various factors such as leap years, timing of deposits, rounding, and variation in interest rates. The first recurring deposit is assumed to begin in the second period after any initial deposit.