We trust them with our most sensitive information, but law enforcement in New York says more and more of them are involved with identity theft.
According to a Good Morning America news article, bank tellers are becoming increasingly involved in identity theft. Cyrus Vance, New York County District Attorney, told GMA that these criminal bank tellers are a part of a larger identity theft ring. Since bank tellers have access to our personal information, some will sell it to other individuals who then use it turn it into credit cards or checks.
So what can you do?
The best action is to actively view your personal bank statements. Whether that’s your checking or savings account, make sure you to review them to see if there are any irregular purchases of high dollar amount. If you see a purchase you don’t remember making, be sure to call your bank and immediately report it.
BBB serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin recommends consumers shred all sensitive documents, never carry their social security card, never give out personal information over the phone or to unknown people and avoid suspicious links.
It’s important to check your credit report regularly for suspicious activity. Under federal law, you can check your credit report for free once a year at www.annualcreditreport.com.
Watch for these warning signs that your identity may have been compromised:
- You see withdrawals from your bank account that you can’t explain.
- You don’t get your bills or other mail.
- Merchants refuse your checks or your credit or debit card is declined.
- Debt collectors call you about debts that aren’t yours.
- You find unfamiliar charges or accounts on your credit report.
- Medical providers bill you for services you didn’t use.
- Your health plan suddenly rejects your legitimate claims because they say you’ve reached your benefits limit.
- Your health plan says you have medical conditions you don’t have.
- The IRS says you have filed for more than one tax return or says you have income from employers you don’t work for.
- You get a notice that a company you do business with has suffered a data breach.