Fraud & Security Alerts

Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft is Important

Your identity is one of the most valuable things you own. It’s important to keep your identity from being stolen by someone who can potentially harm your good name and financial well-being. Identity theft occurs when someone uses your name, address, Social Security Number, credit card or financial account numbers, passwords, and other personal information without your knowledge to commit fraud or other crimes. While the words may sound like a foreign language -- Phishing, Pharming, Vishing, Spyware, Dumpster Diving — they are actually techniques used by thieves to put your identity and finances at risk. And their attacks grow more frequent and sophisticated every year. Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the United States. According to US Department of Justice statistics, it’s now passing drug trafficking as the number one crime in America.

How to protect your identity

The simple fact is you can protect yourself against most forms of identity theft. The first step is education. To make it easier to understand, we’ve divided identity theft into the five “Danger Zones.” Take a few moments to learn about each of the Danger Zones and the steps you can take to avoid being a victim. Watch the Video


11/30/2018 - Security Alert: Beloit Madison Road - ATM Terminal

On November 30, a well-meaning community member posted an alert to their friends that a skimming device was placed on the ATM at our Madison Road location in Beloit. After a thorough investigation, the local authorities and our ATM team have found no evidence of this claim. We take the security of our technology and systems very seriously, and have protocols including specialized technology installed on our machines for added protection. We apologize for any undue alarm this may have caused our customers or community members, and appreciate the vigilance of the community to help when they believe fraud or theft may be in progress.  Visit our online resource center for additional information and education regarding Phishing and Identity Theft Prevention. If at any time you suspect your account information may have been compromised please contact us immediately at 800-667-4401. 

10/19/2018 - Fraud Alert: Computer Phishing Scams

We have recently become aware of a Computer Phishing scheme where fraudulent ads are presented as pop-ups on personal computers inviting the recipient to receive a free credit report by entering their credit card information. Please note, that you should always be suspicious of any advertisements in a pop-up, and First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) will never sell a service, or ask for personal information in this manner.

To protect yourself from this type of scam:   
  • Make sure you have anti-virus and anti-spyware software installed on your computer, keep them updated, and run a full system scan at least weekly.
  • Keep your computer operating system up to date, and your firewall turned on. 
  • Use strong passwords for secure sites. These should include eight or more characters with random numbers, and change your passwords at least every six months.
  • If you download anything from the Internet such as music, movies, or pictures, make sure you do so only from trusted websites. Downloads can be infected with spyware attached to the file. 
  • Watch for signs of spyware - frequent pop-up ads, unexpected icons on your desktop, random error messages or sluggish computer performance are all signs of infection. Run a full system anti-virus and anti-spyware scan to safely remove. 
  • Be careful when using public computers to perform any type of personal transactions. Just logging into a website may give away passwords and other private information if spyware has been installed on the computer. 
If you receive this type of pop-up, please verify first that no personal information was given. If any information was compromised, immediately contact us so we can take steps to help protect your accounts. 

Keep in mind, our one and Privilege Plus checking accounts include the following benefits as added protection:
  • ID Theft Aid - including payment card fraud resolution and $2,500 in personal identity theft benefit
  • ID Monitoring - designed to secure your personal and financial information
Visit our online resource center for additional information and education regarding Phishing and Identity Theft Prevention.