Consumer Alerts

Consumer Alerts

Educating consumers is an important mission of any bank, at Peoples Bank we are especially focused on providing you with the information you need to help protect your identity, your money, and your family.

If ever there is a large-scale threat, or we become aware of our customers receiving fraudulent phone calls, we will update our security banner on the homepage. We will also regularly post information regarding current, local scams on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Please check this page often to learn about new tips and techniques for remaining safe and for new alerts and warnings that you should be aware of.  Remaining vigilant against financial and other crimes is a job we all need to take seriously!

FDIC Account Insurance
Want to verify how much insurance you have on your accounts? The FDIC provides the following calculator to help you understand your level of protection. Click here to go to the FDIC insurance estimator.

FDIC Consumer News 
Want to advance your financial literacy? Click here to read the latest edition of Consumer News.

Money Smart News
Want more information to make you “Money Smart”? Click here to read the latest edition of Money Smart News.

FDIC Consumer Alerts
Want to stay updated about financial threats?  Please visit the FDIC’s website.

FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) Alerts
Want even more information on how to protect yourself? Visit here for investor alerts including fraud and scams.

Identity Theft Video
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. Financial institutions are encouraged to make the link available to their customers from their websites. This presentation is hosted by Vodium. Don’t Be an On-line Victim: How to Guard Against Internet Thieves and Electronic Scams. (FDIC YouTube Channel)

Identity Theft Brochure from the FTC
Want to learn even more about protecting yourself from would-be scammers?  Check out this brochure from the Federal Trade Commission.  Take Charge: Fighting Back Against Identity Theft.

IdentityTheft.gov – Identity Theft Resources
The Federal Trade Commission has announced the launch of a new website, IdentityTheft.gov, a resource that makes it easier for victims to report and recover from identity theft. The new website provides an interactive checklist that walks people through the recovery process and helps them understand which recovery steps should be taken upon learning their identity has been stolen. It also provides sample letters, specialized tips for specific forms of identity theft, and advice for people who have been notified that their personal information was exposed in a data breach. A Spanish version of the site is also available.  https://www.identitytheft.gov/

Social Security – My Account
Already receiving Social Security benefits? Keep track of your earnings on My Account. Not receiving benefits yet? Estimate your future benefits while working. Go to My Social Security Account now!

Owning a Home
Looking to purchase a home in the near future? Check out CFPB’s resource center for more information. http://www.consumerfinance.gov/owning-a-home