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3 tips to Protect Your Pot of Gold From Hackers

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St. Patrick’s Day is only a few days away but don’t count on luck when it comes to cybersecurity and protecting your own pot of gold. The tips below can help keep your finances safe all year long and protect against cybersecurity threats such as identity theft and other types of fraud.

Review Your Bank Statements

Check your bank statements monthly for accuracy of charges. If you receive paper statements, be sure to shred the document after you’ve reviewed it to ensure your personal information, such as account numbers, are secure. If you do detect that some charges may be fraudulent, report the activity to us immediately. Visit our Report Suspicious Activity for more details.

Secure Your Mobile Device

With the amount of personal information you may store on your smartphone nowadays, securing your mobile device is more important than ever. Should your device ever be stolen or fall into the wrong hands, following some of the tips below will help make sure your information and identity are secure.

  • Set strong passwords – This is an easy way to secure your personal device. Think about ways to make your passwords more secure by replacing letters with special characters, spelling words backwards, or using random capital letters throughout the password.
  • Keep your device up-to-date – Often times regular device updates are released to help improve the overall security of your phone and/or apps on your phone. Be sure to download these updates regularly to make sure you’re working off the latest version.
  • Auto-lock – Set your device to lock after a set period of inactivity. A recommended inactive period setting for a mobile device is 30 seconds or less.

Stay Alert and Aware

Ameris Bank representatives will never call, text or email you requesting personal information such as your name, social security number or account number. If you receive a phone call, email or text requesting personal identifiable information, or you are contacted suspiciously, do not provide any information, immediately disconnect or stop contact, and report the suspicious activity to Ameris Bank using the steps below.

  • Fraudulent Email:  If you receive an email that appears to be fraudulently sent from Ameris Bank, do not click on any links or reply to it. Immediately forward the email to Ameris Bank at Fraud@amerisbank.com. Then delete the email.
  • Suspicious Phone, Text or Email:  Contact Ameris Bank at 866.616.6020 or directly message Ameris Bank. Immediately contact Ameris Bank if you believe your personal information has been compromised.File a customer complaint with the FTC: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#crnt&panel1-1.
  • Report a Lost or Stolen Debit Card: 
    • Ameris Bank Debit Card call 800.236.2442
    • Ameris Bank Credit Card call 877.334.0460, select option 2

The information voiced in this material is for general information and is not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.