Identity theft occurs when someone steals key pieces of personal identifying information. This information may include a name, address, date-of-birth, Social Security number, account numbers, or mother’s maiden name in order to gain access to a person’s financial accounts. This can happen through the mail, over the Internet, or a variety of other ways. Armed with this personal information, an identity thief may open a new credit card or other financial accounts- all in someone else’s name.

Never give personal information over the phone or the Internet unless you initiated the contact. HNB Bank will NEVER ask you for an account number or password via phone, e-mail or text message that we initiated.