Important Information - Financial Abuse Awareness

Financial Abuse is a growing concern throughout the nation.  By following the suggestions below, you can help to prevent Financial Abuse and to identify situations where others might be at risk for Financial Abuse.

  • Regularly review all your bank account statements and notify us immediately if you discover an unauthorized transaction.
  • If something seems too good to be true, it probably is a scam – for example, you are told that you have won a prize for a contest you did not enter.
  • Use direct deposit for checks whenever possible.
  • Do not sign blank checks.
  • Never give out credit card numbers over the phone unless you placed the call.
  • Never give out your Social Security number or bank account number over the phone.
  • Keep accurate and complete financial records of all transactions.
  • Put all financial instructions in writing.
  • Do not sign over money or property to anyone in return for care without having the agreement reviewed by an attorney.
  • Do not leave valuables in plain view in your car, office or home.
  • Don’t sign anything without reading it carefully.
  • Don’t make donations to charities you do not know.
  • Get several estimates before you have any work done to your home.
  • Do not pay for any work until it is completed.
  • Keep all documents, such as wills, insurance policies, bank information, in a safe place or safe deposit box.
  • Establish a relationship with the employees at your bank.
If you think you have been a victim of Financial Abuse, contact local law enforcement.

For questions or concerns about Financial Abuse related to your accounts at AltaPacific Bank, please contact one of our employees at 707.236.1500.