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First American Bank offers tips on avoiding identify theft

November 27, 2007
The Daily Freeman Journal
Identity theft is the fastest-growing crime in America. Gas prices are soaring. Families fear formerly popular and economical toys from China. This holiday season, perhaps more than ever before, people are going to be victimized by identity thieves.

Identity thieves prey on the uninformed and unsuspecting. First American Bank would like to raise awareness of identity theft and fraud. We have always been a resource for our clients; please allow us to be a resource for your readers. What can they do to protect themselves when they purchase online or in the store?

To avoid becoming victimized, First American Bank encourages enrolling in the MasterCard SecureCode(r) program which guards against unauthorized use of your MasterCard while shopping online.

Use a black gel pen to write checks: it cannot be chemically altered.

Most people are conversant in ordering free credit reports for themselves-but do they know they should order annual credit reports on their children?

First American Bank is one of the fastest growing independent banks in Iowa, operating from 16 locations throughout Iowa, and five in Southwest Florida. Although a full service community bank, they specialize in commercial and small business banking.



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