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Identity Theft

Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2024 in Identity Theft Prevention

Shielding Your Identity: Discovering the Best Identity Theft Protection Solutions

Identity theft is a growing concern in today's digital age. It happens when someone steals your personal information, such as your name, social security number, or credit card details, with the intent to commit fraud or other malicious activities. The consequences of identity theft can be devastating, ranging from financial loss to damaged credit and even legal troubles.

The importance of identity theft protection

Given the prevalence and potential consequences of identity theft, it is essential to invest in a reliable identity theft protection solution that can give you peace of mind in knowing that your sensitive data is being actively monitored and protected.

First National Bank offers two services to customers through ID TheftSmart: Credit Monitoring and Identity Theft Restoration. By having these tools at your disposal, you can minimize the impact of identity theft and act swiftly to mitigate any potential damage.

Credit Monitoring

Credit Monitoring is an essential component of ID TheftSmart. It consists of daily monitoring of your Experian® credit report for any reportable activity. By monitoring your credit report, this service can detect unauthorized accounts, changes in your credit score, or any other red flags that may indicate fraudulent activity.

Members will receive a daily alert if there are any changes to their credit profile so that they can review them and verify whether they are anticipated changes or suspicious activity.

If there has been no activity on your credit report during the month, you will receive an email notice from ID TheftSmart letting you know that they are continuing to monitor your credit report and that no activity has been detected. That reassurance is valued by members.

Identity Theft Restoration

In the unfortunate event that you become a victim of identity theft, it is crucial to have a clear understanding of how the restoration process works. Identity theft restoration involves taking swift action to minimize the damage caused by the theft and to restore your identity to its pre-theft state.

The first step in the restoration process is to report the identity theft to the relevant authorities, such as the police and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). This helps establish an official record of the crime and can assist in the investigation and prosecution of the perpetrator.

Identity Theft Restoration members are then instructed to contact ID TheftSmart’s investigative unit to report the suspicious or fraudulent activity. ID TheftSmart’s team will guide the victim through the necessary steps to resolve the identity theft, such as placing fraud alerts on your credit reports, notifying creditors of the fraudulent accounts, and assisting with the recovery of any stolen funds.

Throughout the restoration process, it is important to maintain thorough documentation of all interactions and actions taken. This includes keeping copies of police reports, letters sent to creditors, and any other relevant documents. These records can be invaluable in proving your case and resolving any lingering issues that may arise.

Identity theft prevention tips

While ID TheftSmart offers its members valuable prevention and restoration tools and resources, it is also important for members to take proactive measures to prevent identity theft from occurring. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Secure your personal information. Keep your sensitive documents, such as your social security card and passport, in a safe place. Shred any documents containing personal information before discarding them.
  • Use strong and unique passwords. Create complex passwords for your online accounts and avoid using the same password across multiple platforms. Consider using a password manager to securely store your passwords.
  • Be cautious of phishing attempts. Be wary of emails or messages requesting personal information. Avoid clicking on suspicious links and verify the legitimacy of websites before entering any sensitive data.
  • Closely monitor your financial accounts. Regularly review your bank, debit card, and credit card transactions for any unauthorized or suspicious activity. Report any suspicious activity to the bank or credit card company immediately. First National Bank recommends that customers take advantage of its free account monitoring tools available through online and mobile banking: Alerts & Notifications is a tool that monitors all of your bank transactions. Card Management monitors all of debit card transactions.
  • Protect your computer and other electronic devices. Install reputable antivirus software and keep your operating system and applications up to date. Be cautious when downloading files or clicking on unfamiliar links.


In conclusion, identity theft is a serious threat in today's digital world. It is imperative to understand the various ways in which identity theft can occur and to take proactive steps to protect your personal information. Investing in a reliable identity theft protection solution such as ID TheftSmart can provide the necessary tools and resources to detect and prevent unauthorized use of your identity. By monitoring your credit, practicing safe online habits, and being vigilant about protecting your personal information, you can significantly reduce the risk of falling victim to identity theft.

Learn more about ID TheftSmart and how its identity protection solutions can help safeguard your identity. Give the Credit Monitoring & Identity Theft Restoration services a try during the 3-Month Free Trial Offer. Available to First National Bank customers who submit a new membership enrollment by July 30, 2024. See offer for complete details. 

  1. account security
  2. fraud
  3. fraud management
  4. fraud prevention
  5. identity theft
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