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Identity Theft & Phishing Scams 

The world is changing, and it can be challenging to keep up.  First National Bank Bemidji wants to ensure that all its banking partners are educated, aware, and safe against the threats facing us.  To that end, we will try to provide information on things you should know about, like scamming, phishing and identity theft.  Some of these resources point to outside sources, and  if you click on them, be aware that you will be leaving First National Bank Bemidji web site and we are not responsible for the content. 

Identity Theft

  • Click here for your Identity Theft Kit if you feel you may be a victim. Please call us at 218-751-2430 if you need more information or help with completing the forms included in the Identity Theft Kit.

"Phishing" Scams

First National Bank Bemidji receives alerts and information from the ABA - American Bankers Association. Recently consumers have received emails falsely informing them about their accounts being closed due to fraud. Read ABA warns Consumers of Phishing Scams. Please call First National Bank Bemidji at 751-2430 if you have received an email such as this so we may help prevent any account information from being accessed and/or used.

You can fight identity theft. Check out the You Have the Power to Stop Identity Theft from financial regulatory agencies.

DID YOU KNOW?  

A great way to keep tabs on your identity, and find out FAST if someone is opening accounts or credit cards in your name, is by checking your credit report.  A recent amendment to the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires each of the nationwide consumer reporting companies to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months, from www.annualcreditreport.com. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation's consumer protection agency has a website to  Access to Free Credit Reports. It explains your rights and how to order a free annual credit report.

 TIP:  Since you get one free report from each of the 3 bureaus per year, do not request them all at once.  Spread them out, since you then get three free "snapshots" of your credit per year - all the better to thwart Identity Theft! 

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