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Oct 20, 2010

Scam Attempt in Northeast Wisconsin

Bank of Luxemburg is alerting customers to a scam in our area. Everyone must be conscientious about protecting financial information.

It appears customers are receiving mailed notices asking for personal information. The mailer says a “Current Homeowner’s Protection Policy” needs to be renewed. Customers are asked to fill out a “Homeowners Data Card” and send it to Oklahoma. Bank of Luxemburg will never ask for private or financial information in this manner. Officials are currently unaware of who’s behind the scam attempt, but the Bank is working diligently with local authorities to end it. To our knowledge, no customers have lost money due to this scam.
This is only one way thieves may try to access someone’s personal information. Internet scams such as phishing and website spoofing are a threat. Customers may also get a phone call from someone posing as a bank or financial institution.

There are ways to help to prevent identity theft:

• Order a copy of your credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus once year to ensure they are accurate. You may receive a free report on an annual basis at http://www.annualcreditreport.com
• Use companies that offer proactive identity theft monitoring.
• Remove your name from pre-approved credit card offers by calling (888) 5-OPT OUT. (Note: You will be asked to provide your SSN which the consumer reporting companies need to match with your file.)
• Protect your PINs and other passwords that allow you to access your credit cards, ATM cards and financial information. Avoid using easily available information like your mother's maiden name, your birth date, the last four digits of your SSN, your phone number, etc.

If customers have any questions about this or any other communication attempt, they may contact Bank of Luxemburg at (920) 845-2345. More information is also available at www.bankofluxemburg.com.

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