National Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month

In a world where fraud attacks are increasing each year, we want you to feel safe when banking with FirstBank & Trust.

Learn more about what Identity Theft is by watching the video above.


Identity theft is widely estimated to occur every two seconds in the United States and cost victims, on average, over 330 hours and $1,000 attempting to clear their name1. In 2018, 62% of identity theft complaints came from those between the ages of 30-592.

Identity Theft Reports By Age Graph

Identity Theft Types By Age Graph

Click here to view the full FTC Sentinel Consumer Report.

Clues That Someone Has Stolen Your Information3

  • You see withdrawals from your bank account that you can’t explain.
  • You don’t get your bills or other mail.
  • Debt collectors call you about debts that aren’t yours, but are in your name.
  • You find unfamiliar accounts or charges on your credit report.
  • Medical providers bill you for services you didn’t use.
  • Your health plan rejects your legitimate medical claim because the records show you’ve reached your benefits limit.
  • The IRS notifies you that more than one tax return was filed in your name, or that you have income from an employer you don’t work for.
  • You get notice that your information was compromised by a data breach at a company where you do business or have an account.

Know How to Protect Yourself:

Know Your Rights as a Victim of Identity Theft:

Report Identity Theft

  • File an Identity Theft Report - The federal government’s one-stop resource for identity theft victims. The site provides streamlined checklists and sample letters to guide you through the recovery process.
  • Identity Theft can occur anywhere at any time, even online.
  • - A program created by the Cybercrime Support Network to provide assistance to both individual and small business cybercrime victims. will lead cybercrime victims through the Report, Recover and Reinforce process after an incident occurs.


1Source: Identity Hawk
2Source: FTC- Sentinel Consumer Network Data Book 2018
3Source FTC