October 27, 2021 • 7 min
Protecting your finances and identity begins with keeping your personal information to yourself. Follow these 8 best practices to protect your money and prevent identity theft.
People you meet online — as well as anyone promising employment — don’t need access to your Patelco account.
Telling these to someone enables them to steal the money in your Patelco account.
We will never contact you by phone, email or text to ask you for this information. Find out more about how to protect your debit and credit cards.
Sign up in Patelco Online™ to receive eStatements, which prevents mail theft of paper statements. After logging in, select Accounts from the main menu, then select Accounts. Then select the Statements & Documents tab, then select Settings. Select the option for eStatements for your accounts and then select Submit.
Beware of strangers calling and claiming there’s something wrong with your computer – they’re scammers trying to steal your money or identity.
If you think you’ve been phished, take these 4 steps to protect yourself.
Beware of people you meet online – romantic scams could cost you your life savings.
Any papers that contain your personal information should be shredded before being thrown into the recycle. Follow similar precautions for electronics – before you dispose of a computer, get rid of all the personal information it stores by using a wipe utility program to overwrite the entire hard drive. Before you dispose of a mobile device like a phone, check for information on how to delete information permanently (after you transfer it to your new device).