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Our goal is to be your financial partner for life. Our partnership with you includes not only providing you with the finest in products and services, but also providing you with the resources you need to make the most educated financial decisions possible.

Please review the links below for more information regarding online security, fraud, identify theft, privacy and other pertinent financial topics. We urge you to check this page often for the most updated information.

Online Security

OnGuard Online
- Resources to help you protect yourself while online
Stay Safe Online
- Educational site about computer safety
Smartphone Security Checker
- Ten steps from the FCC to secure your mobile device
AVG
- Free PC protection
Top Ten Ways to Protect Your Personal Information Online

Fraud Information

FTC Complaint Assistant
- Consumers can report fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices
Fake Checks
- Information on how check scams work
National Consumer League's Fraud Center
- Learn how to avoid fraud with their online resources
Anti-Phishing Working Group
- A non-profit group focused on eliminating the crime associated with phishing
Better Business Bureau
- Helps consumers find businesses that meet their accreditation standards
New E-Scams and Warnings
- Resource from the FBI to help consumers avoid electronic scams
Internet Crime Complaint Center
- This group accepts online Internet crime complaints
Looks Too Good To Be True
- Educational site to help consumers avoid becoming a victim of Internet fraud
U.S. Postal Inspection Service
- Enforces the laws that defend the nation's mail system from illegal or dangerous use
U.S. Secret Service
- Protecting yourself against fraud
Government Made Easy
- This Web site can help with your consumer problems and questions. Find help on such topics as buying and leasing cars, shopping from home and protecting your privacy and yourself from fraud.

Identity Theft

Victims Initiative for Counseling, Advocacy and Restoration (VICARS)
- This group helps Texas victims of identity theft
ID Theft Resource Center
- This non-profit organization is dedicated exclusively to the understanding of ID Theft and related issues
ID Theft Resources - IRS
- ID Theft and your tax records
ID Theft and your Social Security Number

Identity Theft Info from the FTC
- Your one-stop shop for government information about ID Theft

Privacy

National Do Not Call Registry

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

Direct Marketing Association
- To opt out of junk mail
To opt out of credit and insurance offers

Credit Information

AnnualCreditReport.com
- To obtain a free credit report
FTC
- Credit and Loans information
Credit Report Reviews
- Expert reviews, detailed comparisons and data-driven ratings that help you properly monitor credit, create and maintain financial plans and more easily manage your personal finances.
Credit Score Quiz
- Test your credit scoring knowledge with this 20-question quiz.

Financial Information

FTC Videos on YouTube
- Watch short educational videos that help you learn more about identity theft, phishing, reducing spam, and protecting computers against unwanted intrusions
MyCreditUnion.gov
- Consumer site that introduces the benefits of credit unions and the importance of setting financial goals.
Beth Kobliner
- Personal financial advice from financial journalist Beth Kobliner
Pay Day Loan Consumer Information

Center for Responsible Lending

Smart About Money

Income Tax Information for Individuals

U.S. Financial Education and Literacy Commission

Money and Taxes
- Find government information on money and taxes, including consumer guides, currency, financial agencies, saving and investing, filing your taxes, crimes, scams and more
America Saves
- Savings tips and strategies
Choose to Save
- This is a program of the Employee Benefit Research Institute's Education and Research Fund, which has saving tips and financial literacy information.
Personal Finance Basics
- This resource is from Annuity.org and is a good place to start learning about personal finance - the site breaks down many areas of money management into easy-to-read portions.