Bank offers tips to help people prevent identity theft

As part of an observance of the recent National Protect Your Identity Week, First National Bank of the Rockies reminds people of ways to prevent identity theft.

“FNBR works diligently to protect our customers from identity theft. We use a combination of safeguards to protect customer information, such as employee training, strict privacy policies and rigorous security standards,” said Pete Waller, president and chief executive officer of the Grand Junction-based bank. “But we can’t do it alone. Customers can help us protect them by following a few simple precautions.”

FNBR encourages people to follow simple steps to avoid identity theft:

Shred or tear up statements and other personal information. Criminals could gain access to accounts and personal information by retrieving canceled checks, deposit receipts or bank statements from dumpsters or trash bins.

Keep an eye out for any missing mail, particularly account statements and bills that do not arrive when expected.

Review monthly accounts for any unauthorized charges through the Internet, telephone or automated teller machines.

Order free copies of credit reports once a year from each of the credit reporting agencies to ensure accuracy. Go to the Federal Trade Commission authorized website at to obtain free credit reports.

Conduct business with reputable companies, particularly online. When conducting business online, use firewalls, anti-spyware and anti-virus software and do not respond to unsolicited requests for personal information.

Protect personal identification numbers and passwords. Use a combination of letters and numbers for passwords and change them periodically.

Report suspected fraud immediately to banks and the fraud units of the three credit reporting agencies.

Visit the website at for more information about identity theft.

Established in Meeker in 1904, First National Bank of the Rockies serves customers with locations in the Grand Valley as well as in Craig, Hayden, Meeker, Oak Creek, Rangely and Steamboat Springs. For more information, visit the website at