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Not protecting your identity is like leaving your front door open for an identity thief to enter

(Fremont County, Wyo.) - *What is identity theft?* Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personally identifying information (your name, date of birth, social security number, or credit card number) without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes. *How does identity theft happen?* Identity thieves are always finding new and clever ways to steal your identity, and it’s easier to do with today’s growing number of social networking websites. Once an identity thief has your information, they can drain your bank account, use your credit card for purchases, open new accounts in your name, and even file a fraudulent tax return to get your refund. The need to protect your identity has become increasingly more important as fraudulent activity continues to rise. In today’s technologically connected world, an identity thief could be anywhere. Even if you protect your personal access devices (smart phones, laptops, etc), it does not protect you from potential data breaches from major retailers or merchants. *Who does it affect?* Anyone, anywhere. Being the victim of identity theft can be a life-changing experience. Scott Estep, Wyoming Community Bank’s President had his personal information compromised on two separate occasions. Both instances were caused by data breaches at non-local insurance companies . This can happen to anyone, even those who are aware of the risks and who take precautions to protect their personal information. “A person never hesitates to insure their home, their vehicles, and their health. But few ever think of insuring their personal information,” says Estep. *How can you protect yourself?* There are steps you can take to protect your identity, and at Wyoming Community Bank, your identity is important to us. With ID Theft Smart, identity theft is taken seriously; it’s handled in three stages: protection, detection, and restoration. Licensed investigators handle the restoration stage, to ensure your identity is restored. For under $10 per month, you can monitor your credit through all three credit bureau agencies, and have peace of mind knowing professionals are committed to keeping your identity protected. Visit us at www.wyocb.com OR Call 307-857-9000 or 307-335-7233 *It’s a local thing. **Wyoming Community Bank is here to support you. Our goal is to go above and beyond your personal and professional banking needs. We pledge to serve our neighbors with a better bank that empowers our community. Fully staffed by local residents that make local decisions, we are your community bank.* *Come meet us.* *We become stronger with your support and the better we know you, the better we serve you. Together we will build and strengthen our community. We strive to provide excellence to all of our customers with competitive rates, friendly and personalized attention, and a strong commitment to providing the best service to our customers. Our mission is to do what is right for you and our community.* *​​* ​www.wyocb.com *Wyoming Community Bank – It’s a Local Thing.* *Riverton*, 1700 N. Federal Blvd., Riverton, WY 82501 - 307-857-9000 or Fax 307-857-6395 *Lander*, 685 Main St., Lander, WY 82520 - 307-335-7233 or Fax 307-335-7235 - info@wyocb.com Click here to view our latest Newsletter. ​ ​#sponsored #news #county10 #wyocb ​