Identity Theft

Identity theft is the unlawful use of another person’s identification. Identity theft may take many forms. Common methods of identity theft include credit card or other financial institution fraud, phone or utility service theft, and the taking of government documents or benefits. However, thieves are finding new ways of using the identity of their victims every day.

The tragic events of September 11, 2001, have helped financial institutions and federal regulators learn more about the ways in which terrorists and terrorist organizations finance their activities. Some of their methods include opening accounts and moving funds using false identities or stolen information about real account holders. One way in which you may help stop these activities and make our financial institution safer is to protect your account information from thieves and unauthorized users.

Privacy Alerts – Phishing

Phishing is a high-tech scam that uses spam or pop-up messages to deceive you into disclosing your credit card numbers, bank account information, Social Security number, passwords, or other sensitive information.

It has been reported that several Paducah Bank customers have received an e-mail regarding mortgages or re-finances. The e-mail contains a link that directs the recipient to a website that prompts for additional personal financial details. The sender signs the e-mail as a member of The Paducah Bank and Trust Company. Recipients should not follow the link contained in the e-mail. It is The Paducah Bank and Trust Company’s policy to never solicit information in an e-mail. If you have received an e-mail that is similar to this, please report it to us at 270.575.5700.