Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – April 26, 2013 - In our tech-savvy world, everything is readily accessible and convenient. This statement even applies to banking. Gone are the days of waiting in line at the bank or even waiting for your computer to boot up. Now you can access your bank account from anywhere in the world via your smart phone or tablet.
But consumers need to be more cautious than ever when banking through any device, as hackers can prey on the unsuspecting. Your Better Business Bureau and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, part of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, offer these five tips on how to keep your identity safe and your money in the bank:
Never provide personal information unless you initiate contact with your bank or other financial institution. Financial institutions should not request account numbers, Social Security numbers or other sensitive information through email or text messages. If you’re not sure about a request, contact your bank by calling the number on the back of your debit or credit card.
For more helpful information and tips you can trust, visit www.bbb.org. Check out FINRA’s website for additional advice about how to protect your money.
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