Learn More About Fraud Prevention in the Digital Age
We've provided these helpful materials so you can identity warning signs and avoid the hassle and worry that comes with fraudulent activity on your account.
Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week is coming
January 27, 2020
By Seena Gressin
Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC
During Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, learn how to reduce your chance of tax identity
theft, the red flag warning signs of IRS impostors, and what to do if fraud happens to you.
What is tax identity theft? It happens when someone uses your Social Security Number (SSN)
to file a phony tax return and collect your refund. You may not find out it has happened until
you try to file your real tax return and the IRS rejects it as a duplicate filing.
As an important reminder, First Financial will never request your Social Security information
over the phone or via email. If you’re ever unsure about a First Financial communication, get in
touch with us immediately using well-known contact information.
Updated September 20, 2017
Equifax Data Compromise Alert – What You Can Do
The recent Equifax Data Compromise is reported to have affected 143 million consumers. To find out more about the Equifax compromise and to find out if you were impacted, you can visit the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) site. Equifax also has a dedicated group to provide additional information on steps you can take to protect your personal information. Equifax recommends that consumers contact their dedicated call center toll-free at (866) 447-7559. The call center is open 7 days a week from 7:00 am – 1:00 am Eastern Time.
Get Your Free Credit Report
You can receive a free credit report once a year from each of the three major credit bureaus at annualcreditreport.com.
You Can Freeze Your Credit
If you are interested in initiating a credit freeze or credit alert, you can visit the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) dedicated Credit Freeze FAQs. Fees may apply.
If you believe you've been a victim of fraud or identity theft, contact us immediately at (800) 537-8491.
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