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IDENTITY FRAUD

WHAT IS IDENTITY FRAUD?

IDENTITY FRAUD IS DEFINED AS THE UNAUTHORIZED USE OF ANOTHER PERSON'S PERSONAL INFORMATION TO ACHIEVE ILLICIT FINANCIAL GAIN.  IDENTITY FRAUD CAN RANGE FROM SIMPLY USING A STOLEN PAYMENT CARD ACCOUNT, TO MAKING A FRADULENT PURCHASE, TO TAKING CONTROL OF EXISTING ACCOUNTS OR OPENING NEW ACCOUNTS.

 IDENTITY FRAUD SAFETY TIPS

1. BE SMART ON SOCIAL MEDIA - Review your social media security settings to make sure that your profile is only visible to friends.  Do not accept friend requests from people you do not know.

2. PROTECT ONLINE SHOPPING ACCOUNTS - Enable two-factor authentication on sites that have that capability, such as Amazon.  For sites that do not offer two-factor authentication, use strong passwords or a password manager to   secure accounts.

3. EXERCISE GOOD PASSWORD HABITS - Use strong, unique, regularly updated passwords.

4. PLACE A SECURITY FREEZE - If you are not planning on opening new accounts in the near future, a freeze on your credit report can prevent anyone else from opening one in your name.  Credit freezes must be placed with all three credit bureaus and prevents everyone except existing creditors and certain government agencies from accessing your credit report.  Should you need to open an account requiring a credit check, the freeze can be lifted through the credit bureau.  There may be fees associated with the placing and removing of freezes.

5.  SIGN UP FOR ACCOUNT ALERTS - Financial service providers, including depository institutions, credit card issuers and brokerages, provide their customers with the option to receive notifications of suspicious activity.  These notifications can often be received through email or text message, making some notifications immediate. 

6. SEEK HELP AS SOON AS FRAUD IS DETECTED - The quicker the financial institution, credit card issuer, wireless carrier or other service provider is notified that fraud has occurred on an account, the sooner they can act to limit the damage. 

 


 

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MOBILE CHECK DEPOSIT NOW AVAILABLE

BankWest of Kansas now offers Mobile Check Deposit as a free service on our mobile app.  The BankWest of Kansas mobile app can be downloaded from Google Play (for Android devices), the Apple Store (for iOS devices), or Amazon Appstore for Android (for Android devices).  The app is free to download, and Mobile Check Deposit can be used by individuals at no charge.  The mobile app can also be used to pay bills, transfer funds between accounts, and view balances and transactions.  Our mobile app also has Spanish language support available.  To enable this mode, change the language settings of your device to Spanish.

To deposit a check with our mobile app, you must include the following as an indorsement:

1) indorse the check on the back with your signature

2) include under your indorsement, "For mobile deposit only at BankWest of Kansas" and your account number to which the check is being deposited.

If you have any questions about how to use the mobile app or how to complete a Mobile Check Deposit transaction, please let us know at (785) 899-2342.

 


 

FinanceWorks - Budgeting, Expense Tracking, and Financial Goal Setting

Log in to your BankWest of Kansas internet banking account to access FinanceWorks, a free program that is included with your internet banking services.  FinanceWorks enables you to create a budget, label and track your expenses, and set and check progress on financial goals.  Click the image below for more information about FinanceWorks at BankWest of Kansas.

BankWest of Kansas Goodland Colby St. Francis - FinanceWorks - Budgeting, Tracking, and Financial Goal Setting

 


 

 

We are proud to be a locally owned and operated bank serving Western Kansas and Eastern Colorado for over 100 years. Our commitment is to provide personalized customer service with the latest banking products, services, and technology available. Our loan expertise covers agriculture, residential real estate, business, and consumer lending. We welcome you to look around our website and to come visit us at our bank.

BANKWEST OF KANSAS will NEVER initiate email or internet requests requiring customers to respond with personal information. Any requests for personal information received through email, web sites, or pop-up windows should be considered fraudulent and reported to us immediately. If you receive an email asking for your account information (ID, password, card number, etc.), DO NOT respond! If you have already given out your bank account information, report the theft of this information to the bank as quickly as possible by calling (785) 899-2342.

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