Simmons First is participating in International Fraud Awareness Week, November 11-17, 2012, in an effort to promote anti-fraud awareness and education. Organizations around the world lose an estimated 5 percent of annual revenue to fraud, according to a study conducted by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
As an official supporter of the movement (also known as “Fraud Week”), Simmons First joins hundreds of organizations who have partnered with the ACFE, the world's largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education, in a commitment to proactively fight fraud and help safeguard business and investments from this growing problem.
Fraud Awareness Tips for Consumers:
- Never give out your personal financial information in response to an unsolicited phone call, fax or email, no matter how official it may seem.
- Check your credit card and bank account statements regularly and look for unauthorized transactions, even small ones. Some thieves hope small transactions will go unnoticed. Report discrepancies immediately.
- Fraud artists tend to target vulnerable people, senior citizens and young adults. Alert any family members who may be at risk.
- Protect your account information. Don't write your personal identification number (PIN) on your ATM or debit card. Don't write your social security number or credit card account number on a check. Cover your hand when you are entering your PIN number at an ATM.