Security is a priority at Citizens Bank.
We are committed to protecting the security and confidentiality of your information. We use a combination of state-of-the-art technology and methods to help ensure that your online sessions are secure.
At Citizens Bank we are committed to helping you protect yourself from fraud. As one way to demonstrate this commitment, we have compiled helpful information to enable you to protect your personal privacy and financial security. In addition, should you encounter fraud or identity theft, we have also included guidance on how to notify us, as well as other creditors where applicable.
As soon as you realize that you may have been a victim of an identity theft, it is important to take immediate action. An aggressive response on your part may help reduce your exposure to financial loss.
Contact Local Police Department
In the event of identity theft, it is important that you notify your local police department and file a report. Be sure to request a report number, or a copy of the report for your records and, if necessary, to include with any affidavits you may need to provide.
Identity Theft Clearing House
The FTC maintains the Identity Theft Clearinghouse - the federal government's centralized identity theft complaint database. We encourage you to contact them and report your identity theft in one of these ways:
Visit the Web site at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/
Call toll-free to 1-877-438-4338
Send information via U.S. mail to:
Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington DC 20580
Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personally identifying information, such as your name, Social Security number, or credit card number, without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes. The Federal Trade Commission has online guidance about the steps consumers can take to protect themselves against identity theft. For more information about identity theft, click here.
Should you become a victim of identity theft or if you believe your Citizens Bank account information may have been compromised, email or call us immediately so that we can assist you in clearing your records. You can call us at 270-465-8193, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to: Citizens Bank & Trust Company, 201 E Main Street, Campbellsville, KY 42718.
E-Mail Fraud, Phishing or Spoofs
At no time will you ever receive a call or email from the bank asking you for login credentials. If you receive a suspicious phone call or email asking you to provide your authentication credentials you should decline to do so and call us at 270-465-8193.
Citizens Bank will never send an e-mail request asking for our customers to verify or update personal information or passwords by replying to the e-mail or by going to a Web site through a link included within the e-mail. Even if you don't provide information, by clicking on the link you could expose your operating system to a virus or to software that enables criminals to "eavesdrop" on your keystrokes and capture your passwords and other confidential information. If you believe you have received or replied to a suspicious e-mail or provided private information about your Citizens Bank account, please contact us immediately at 270-465-8193 or via email at email@example.com
Understanding the different types of fraud will help you avoid becoming a victim. Stay informed on the latest online fraud threats by reading below:
Phishing involves fraudsters who send messages to lure personal information (credit card numbers, bank account information, Social Security numbers, passwords or other sensitive information) from unsuspecting victims. Phishing may occur through fraudulent emails, text messages or direct phone calls claiming to be a financial institution, or another company you have a customer relationship with, asking you for your personal information. These types of attacks may also be referred to as SMishing or SMS phishing, or Vinishing (Voice Phishing).
Malware, short for "malicious software", includes viruses and spyware installed on your computer, phone or mobile device without your consent. Malware can be used to steal personal information, send spam and commit fraud.
Please report a lost or stolen card by calling us immediately at 270-465-8193 or STAR at 1-800-523-4175 . We will ensure that your card is cancelled and that a new card is sent via U. S. mail.
ATM and Card Protection Tips
- Be cautious and always pay attention to your surroundings when using your credit, debit or ATM card at an ATM or Point of Sale device
- When entering in your PIN, hide it from view so others nearby cannot see it
- Do not use an ATM or Point of Sale device if you notice suspicious individuals or possible tampering of the machine or device, including scratches, marks, adhesive or tape residues
- Report any suspicious or fraudulent activity immediately to the owner of the ATM or Point of Sale device or local law enforcement
- Be suspicious if a store employee takes your card out of sight in order to process your transaction, asks you to swipe your card through more than one machine
- Monitor your account or credit card statements for unusual or unauthorized transactions
What is Card Skimming?
Card skimming is the illegal copying of information from the magnetic strip of a credit, debit or ATM card. Skimming devices can be placed on or near an ATM or any device in which you swipe your card to make a payment (commonly referred to as Point of Sale device) and can be difficult to spot.
Notifying Credit Bureaus
It is highly recommended that you contact the three national consumer reporting agencies if you believe you have been a victim of identity theft. Ask each agency to place a "fraud alert" on your credit report and to send you a copy of your credit file.
Equifax - 1-800-525-6285
P O Box 740241
Atlanta GA 30347-0241
Experian - 1-888-397-3742
P O Box 9530
Allen TX 75013
TransUnion - 1-800-680-7289
Fraud Victim Assistance Division
P O Box 6790
Fullerton CA 92634-6790
Online and Mobile Banking Security Steps
When you sign in to ExpressNet Online Banking from the Citizens Bank home page, your ID and Password are sent over the Internet from your computer to ours using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology. SSL encrypts your personal information before it leaves your computer, ensuring that no one else can read it.
You are assured complete protection and privacy. With the Citizens Bank secure connection, you can:
- Check your account balances
- Transfer funds
- Order checks
- View images of your paid checks
- Pay bills electronically (must be enrolled in PowerPay Bill Pay)
Customer information never travels the Internet without encryption protection. In addition, we have taken other protective measures to ensure your privacy with firewall protection, log-in sessions with a time-out limit, and failed Password attempts lock-out. One of the most important security measures you can take is to keep your Password in a secure place where only you have access to it.
Step 1: Protect Your Computer
- Install and update your anti-virus and anti-spyware software frequently
- Keep your computer's operating system up-to-date
- Make sure to keep your web browser software up-to-date by installing the most recent version
- If your computer's operating system has a firewall, enable it
Step 2: Keep Your Information Secure
- If you do not recognize the sender of an email or have any doubts about the authenticity of an email, do not respond and delete it immediately
- Do not open the email or click on links or attachments, especially if they tell you the problem is urgent or the attached file ends in ".exe"
- Always use secure passwords. A secure password consists of upper and lower case letters and numbers
- Never share your password with anyone
- Do not include personal or sensitive data in, or in response to, an email
- Monitor your account activity closely and watch for unusual activity. You can use Citizens Bank's NetTeller
- Online Banking to monitor your balances, 24/7
- When you finish your online and/or mobile banking sessions, be sure to log out
- Do not store financial or personal information on your laptop, phone or mobile device
Step 3: Practice Safe Web Browsing
- Only allow pop-ups from sites that you authorize
- Do not give out personal information to blogs, forums and other social networking sites
- Only make online purchases using secure sites that encrypt your information. To determine if a site encrypts your information look for the locked padlock in the browser "https:" in the address line. The "s" means secure.
- Never access a website from a link in a suspicious email
- Access online banking sites by typing the address directly into the browser's address bar
Step 4: Protect Your Laptop, Phone and/or other Mobile Devices
- Be suspicious when installing applications/programs that require you to provide information that has nothing to do with the application's purpose
- If you use your laptop, phone or other mobile devices to conduct mobile banking, and your device becomes lost or stolen, contact your financial institution and cell phone provider immediately
- Never leave your laptop, phone or other mobile device logged on and/or unattended in public
- Password protect and lock your laptop, phone or other mobile devices when not in use
- Do not store financial or personal information on your laptop, phone or mobile device
How Citizens Bank Protects You
To prevent fraud and shield your critical financial information, Citizens Bank has enabled a number of security measures to protect you.
Each time you log in to Citizens Bank's NetTeller Online Banking, we run a check on your Web browser to help ensure that your transactions will be secure. In addition, you'll be asked to provide a login ID and a password.
Verify your watermark image each time you login. Verify that the image on the left is the one you selected. If you have not set up your watermark image, a random image will appear. When you login, you will be prompted to select an image.
We encourage you to change your ExpressNet ID from the User ID created when you were enrolled in Online Banking. After you log into the ExpressNet Online Banking, click on the Options tab at the top of the page. There you are able to modify personal settings and login settings. Change your Online User ID to something that is known only to you and is easy for you to remember. Always use secure passwords. A secure password consists of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters.
Auto Log Off
Our system automatically logs you out after a period of inactivity. It's another way we work to keep your information safe and confidential.
Temporarily Disabling Your Online Account
We will temporarily disable your account after too many failed attempts to log in. You must contact the bank to regain access to your account. Follow the instructions on the screen to regain access.
Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Encryption
Citizens Bank utilizes Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology to protect your data and transmissions over the Internet. This technology encrypts - or scrambles - the information you provide so it's difficult for anyone other than Citizens Bank to read it. The SSL protocol continuously verifies the identity of each party during the session, encrypting messages to help ensure they remain private and unaltered.
Citizens Bank data systems are protected by firewalls that are set up between our systems and the Internet. Any incoming messages must first pass through our firewall, which allows only certain types of messages to be sent through. This means only legitimate online banking messages will be recognized. Any other requests will be rejected before they can reach our systems.
As explained in the terms and conditions of the Citizens Bank Online banking service, you are responsible for keeping your online password, account numbers, personal ID information, and other account data confidential
Citizens Bank cannot be held responsible for customer errors or negligent use of the service and will not cover losses due to:
- Negligent handling or sharing of passwords leading to unauthorized access to accounts
- Leaving a computer unattended during an Online session (always click Sign Off to end your session)
- Failure to report known incidents of unauthorized account access within two business days
How to Contact Us
To contact us about lost or stolen information, or suspected fraudulent activity you can contact us at:
Phone - 1-270-465-8193
E-mail - Send an e-mail to "customerinfo" at the bottom on any screen after signing in with your password. You can also use the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of any page before signing in to send an email.
Write - Citizens Bank & Trust, Online Banking, 201 E Main Street, Campbellsville, KY, 42718