April 23rd, 2014
ATM/DEBIT Card Safety

United Security Bank monitors your ATM and debit card transactions for potentially fraudulent activity which may include change in locale (such as when a U.S. -issued card is used unexpectedly overseas), a sudden string of costly purchases, or any pattern associated with new fraud trends around the world.

If we suspect fraudulent ATM or debit card use, we'll be calling you to validate the legitimacy of your transactions. Your participation in responding to our call is critical to prevent potential risk and avoid restrictions we may place on the use of your card.

  • Our automated call will ask you to verify the use of your card.
  • You'll be able to respond via your touchtone keypad.
  • You'll also be provided with a toll-free number to call should you have additional questions.

Our goal is to minimize your exposure to risk and the impact of any fraud. To ensure we can continue to reach you whenever potential fraud is detected, please keep us informed of your correct phone number(s) and address at all times.

In the meantime, please be diligent in monitoring transaction activity on your account and contact us immediately if you identify any fraudulent transactions. Here are some additional tips on protecting yourself from debit card fraud:

Protect Yourself

  1. Unless absolutely required for a legitimate business purpose, avoid giving out your:
  • Address and ZIP code
  • Phone Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Social Security Number
  • Card or Account Number
  • Card Expiration Date
Your Personal Identification Number (PIN) is private; never give it out.
      
      2. In stores and at ATMs, always cover your card and PIN, and watch for:
  • Cell phone cameras, mirrors, or other tools used to view cards and PINs
  • People watching your transactions
  • Cashiers taking your card out of sight; take it to register yourself
  • Any usual activity at ATMs; if you feel uncomfortable, go to another ATM
      3. When online, you should never respond to unsolicited emails that:
  • Ask you to verify your card or account number; such emails are not sent by legitimate businesses
  • Links to websites; such sites can look legitimate but may collect data or put spyware on your computer
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing United Security Bank to fulfill your banking needs and appreciate your business.