Free annual credit report 
Fight identity theft by monitoring and reviewing your credit report. You may request your free credit report online by clicking here. 
 
On Guard Online:  Your safety net 
Onguardonline.gov provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.  To visit this site, click here. 
 
Traveling Abroad? 
If you're traveling abroad, we suggest that you take a few steps to protect yourself from any fraudulent activity that may occur. If your BV Check Card PIN was used while traveling abroad, we recommend that you change your PIN upon returning.  As always, you can protect yourself further by reviewing your monthly checking account statements and monitoring your account with Internet Banking.   
 
If you notice any suspicious activity on your account, please notify us as soon as possible.  We take the security of your account very seriously.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Electronics Department at (618) 826-2331. 
 
Don't Be an On-line Victim:  
How to Guard Against Internet Thieves and Electronic Scams  
Identity theft continues to be one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States, and has ranked as one of the top consumer concerns for the past several years. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has produced a multimedia presentation to help consumers protect themselves from identity theft. The presentation provides information on steps consumers should take to secure their computer and protect themselves from identity theft, as well as actions consumers should take if they become a victim of identity theft. Click here to view a video from the FDIC. 
 
Don’t respond to suspicious e-mail 
We will never request personal or account information from our customers via email. If you receive a suspicious email that you believe may be fraudulent, please do not respond to it. Contact Customer Service at 1-618-826-2331 immediately. For more information on online fraudulent activity, visit the Federal Trade Commissions website. 
 
Beware of counterfeit checks 
Fake check scams are a fast growing fraud that could cost you thousands of dollars.  Ultimately, you are responsible for the checks or money orders you deposit or cash.  That's how the scam works. FakeChecks.org provides realistic scenarios that may help you from becoming a victim of a fake check scam. 
 
 


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