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Fraud is a term that has become part of our everyday vocabulary. 

You probably hear variations of fraud ranging from identity theft, online fraud, such as phishing and pharming, to offline fraud, including credit card, phone solicitations, print fraud, check scams, and mail fraud. You can help protect your personal information and accounts by using caution when providing confidential information. Also, by keeping yourself updated on the latest fraud alerts, you can help prevent yourself from becoming a victim.

At Bank of Bridger, N.A, the protection of all your assets – including your identity – is our top priority. There are many things you can do to help secure your identity and your accounts. Here are some definitions of the different kinds of fraud and how to protect yourself:

Protecting Your Computer and Online Accounts

Protect your computers like you protect your checkbook. The following tips will help you protect your computer and your online accounts:

How Scammers Obtain Your Email Address

Many scammers randomly generate email addresses – that’s why you may have received fraudulent emails that appear to be from banks you do not have an account with. They also purchase mailing lists, obtain email addresses online from Web pages, chat rooms, online auctions, and directories or from illegitimate sources.

Bank of Bridger, N.A. will never trade, rent, or sell your personal information – including email addresses – to anyone. For more information on our privacy policy, visit our Privacy section on this Web site.

Commercial Banking Customers

Safeguarding Your Information

At Bank of Bridger, N.A. , the security of customer information is a priority. We are strongly committed to the safety and confidentiality of your records. Every day, unscrupulous individuals are busy developing new scams targeting the unsuspecting public. One of the best ways to avoid fraud is to become an educated user.

Small to Medium sized business and government banking accounts are being targeted by criminals every day.

Every security system in place today can and has been compromised by criminals. No system that the bank has put in place can catch 100% of fraudulent attempts.

*** Commercial Accounts and Government Accounts are not covered under Regulation E. ***

In most circumstances you will be responsible for assuming the loss on fraudulent transactions. It is vital that your following best practices:

What Bank of Bridger Expects of You:
  • Establish a separate account for the origination of each type of transaction. ACH origination / Wire Transfer etc.
    • Ideally only fund those accounts with enough funds to cover the planned transactions on a daily basis. Establish duel control over the setup and creation of new user accounts on the system.
  • Establish dual control over the setup of new payees on the system.
  • Run summary reports of all transactions to ensure they are accurate.
  • Review your transactions the next business day to determine if fraudulent activity has occurred.
  • Maintain up to date anti-virus on your computer systems at all times that access financial websites.
  • Patch your operating system weekly and ensure that you are updating Java and Adobe applications weekly as well. Vulnerabilities in these applications are utilized by criminals constantly.
  • Ideally, dedicate a single PC for online financial transactions and prohibit any other form of web surfing on this PC.
    • Have the firewall specifically restrict access for the workstation to only the IP Addresses of the financial institutions systems. This will prevent individuals from surfing the internet on the PC.
  • Utilize a unique complex password (Upper Case, Lower Case, Special Characters) at least 8 characters long.
    • Websites can be compromised and your password will be exposed.
    • Change your password every 30 days.
    • Do not utilize words in your password such as Password1.
  • Never provide your account number or username / password in any written communication to the bank. This is especially true of email.
  • Watch out for copycat Web sites that deliberately use a name or Web address very similar to, but not the same as the real one. The intent is to lure you into clicking through to their Web site and giving out your personal information, such as a bank account number, credit card number or Online Banking login information.
  • Always use your pre-established link to access web sites. Never click on a link contained in an email.
  • Utilize Security and Balance Alerts to be notified via phone, e-mail and or SMS text messages when activity occurs on the account.
What Bank of Bridger Does:
  • On at least an annual basis the bank examines its controls that it has implemented for online banking access.
  • Based on that review the bank will determine if changes are necessary and will implement required changes on an ongoing basis.
  • Reviews the current fraud trends at least quarterly to determine if changes are required in regards to current security controls and provide alerts to our customer base.
  • Monitor login events 24/7 for suspicious activity on your account through a rules based online system.
  • Monitor Wire transactions 24/7 at the time of transaction for suspicious activity on your account through a rules based online system.
  • Monitor BillPay transactions 24/7 at the time of transaction for suspicious activity on your account through a rules based online system.
  • We utilize multi-factor authentication that is in guidance of federal guidelines for online banking.
  • Our Customer Service Department may on occasion call to verify other information regarding your online activity should we see something of concern in your login patterns.
What Bank of Bridger Does Not Do:
  • We will never ask you for your online banking password.
  • We will not contact you via email requesting you click on a link inside the email.
  • We will never send your non-public information via email unless it utilizes our encrypted secure email system.

While these layered processes are designed to prevent fraud. They will not catch fraud 100% of the time. You are responsible for losses incurred on commercial and government accounts. Be vigilant and monitor your account at all times.

If at any time you have questions regarding security or possible fraud, please contact your local branch immediately.