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SMALL BUSINESS BANK ACCOUNT, CREDIT CARD AND DEBIT CARD SECURITY TIPS
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Protect Your Business Bank Account
- Monitor your business account online at least once a week or more frequently and review your business account details and transaction history for suspicious activity.
- Sign up for online statements and shut off paper statements.
- Set up Account Alerts - Sign up to receive alert messages via Business Online Banking, your email account or via SMS text. Simply login to your Business Online Banking account and go your Account Alerts page to set up your alert preferences.
- Review your business account statements carefully and report any unauthorized charges immediately.
- Store new and cancelled checks in a secure location accessible only to trusted persons.
- Shred old checks, receipts, account statements, and documents that contain sensitive information.
- Do not carry your business checkbook with you unless it's necessary.
- Be aware of people and your surroundings. If you observe suspicious persons or circumstances, do not use the ATM at that time, come back later or use an ATM elsewhere.
- After completing a withdrawal, secure your card and cash immediately before exiting the ATM area. Count your cash later in the safety of your locked car or at home.
- Shield the ATM keypad with your hand or body while entering your PIN.
- Report all crimes immediately to the ATM operator or local law enforcement.
- Never lend your ATM/Debit/Credit Card to anyone.
- Never let anyone watch you enter your PIN at an ATM or Point of Sale terminal.
- Memorize your passwords and PIN numbers and change them regularly.
- Avoid using obvious or easily obtainable information as your passwords or PIN numbers, and never write them down anywhere or reveal them to anyone.
- Don't trust a site just because it claims to be secure. Before using the site, check out the security/encryption software it uses. Obtain a physical address rather than a post office box and a telephone number, and call the seller to see if the telephone number is correct and working.
- Check out the Better Business Bureau from the seller's area.
- Be cautious when dealing with individuals/companies from outside your immediate area or locale.
- Do not send your card number through email or SMS text message as they are typically not secure.
- Do not give out your card number over the phone unless you initiated the call.
- Review your statements to verify that they properly reflect the amounts you have authorized. Also watch for multiple charges.
- Keep a list of your card account numbers and telephone numbers to call if your cards are lost or stolen. Make sure the information is stored in a secure place.
- If you receive a replacement card, activate it properly and destroy your old card.
- Safe-keep or securely dispose of your transaction receipts.
If you believe you are the victim of fraud or business identity theft, call Bank of the West immediately at
To report a lost or stolen credit card, call us at 1-800-996-2638.
If you've received a suspicious email, let us know by emailing us at:
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