Privacy & Security

Always protect your personal information.

Be proactive when it comes to your security. Know what to look out for and how you can safeguard your personal information. If you ever believe you have been the victim of any suspected fraud on your American Heritage accounts, contact us immediately.

Fraud Alerts

Every day, fraudsters attempt to access people’s information to make a quick buck. Your identity, your money, and your personal information could be at risk if your home computer accesses the internet. If you are unsure of the security features and how to use them, it could result in identity theft or fraud. Be cautious when visiting web links or opening attachments from unknown senders, giving out personal information over the internet and keep all of your computer software patched and updated.

Sharing your Information

If you receive a call that appears to be from American Heritage, and the caller asks for your social security number, PIN or passwords, please do not provide any information. Make note of the number, disconnect the call and report the call to us at 215.969.0777. For texts, do not reply. American Heritage will NEVER call and ask you for a PIN or password.

What is Ransomware?

The technique of using a computer virus to hold data hostage. At its heart, ransomware mimics the age-old crime of kidnapping: someone takes something you value, and in order to try to get it back, you have to pay up. For it to work, computers need to be infected with a virus, which is usually accomplished by tricking someone into clicking on a link. Once users click on the link or attachment, the ransomware encrypts the computer's hard drive, locking people out of computer files, including photos and music libraries. A screen will appear threatening to destroy the files unless a ransom is paid.

WannaCry Ransomware Attack

WannaCry is a worldwide cyberattack, which targets computers running Microsoft Windows operating system, encrypting data and demanding ransom payments. In response to the attack Microsoft has been releasing updates for the operating systems.

What is a Data Breach?

A data breach is an incident in which sensitive, protected or confidential data has potentially been viewed, stolen or used by an individual unauthorized to do so. Data breaches may involve personal health information (PHI), personally identifiable information (PII), trade secrets or intellectual property. The most common concept of a data breach is an attacker hacking into a corporate network to steal sensitive data.

DocuSign Breach

DocuSign has confirmed a breach to a non-core system that compromised account holders’ email address. DocuSign stated no names, addresses or other personal information was accessed. The account owners whose email was compromised have received spam mail asking individuals to click a link from a non-DocuSign domain. DocuSign recommends accountholders to log into the website rather than clicking the link to confirm request within the email.

Crackin' Cards

Scammers use social media to solicit victims and crack into their debit card accounts. These scams leave their victims on the hook for potentially thousands of dollars.

Someone contacts a student via social media or Craigslist; or they hear about it through a friend of a friend. Victims are responding to social media postings stating “if you have an active bank account and want to make $X,XXX or more respond to this post.” Members then provide their online banking username, password, ATM card and PIN. The fraudsters are then logging into the members online banking and depositing fraud checks, then use the ATM card to withdrawal the funds as they become available. The checks are subsequently returned and the members account is negative. Members response to negative balance is that they did not deposit the checks.

Helpful Tips

In hopes to prevent the above attacks, please be mindful of the following:

  • Do not click a link from someone you do not know.
  • Keep the anti-virus software up-to-date.
  • Add "eAlerts" to stay up to date with all activities to your American Heritage accounts.
  • Do not download attachments in emails from someone you do not know.
  • Do not give out your personal information (bank account, social security number) to people you don’t know.
  • Never share your debit card information or PIN with anyone.
  • Don't deposit funds from an unknown source into your account.
  • Never involve yourself in a criminal scheme in any way. It is illegal to defraud a financial institution.
  • Also as the saying goes, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

Stay Informed With Our Blog

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In the last five to ten years, large scale data breaches appear to be getting ever more common. It seems like every week, another news story breaks about a large company that fell victim of a data breach. These breaches see millions of users’ personal information compromised, often including usernames and passwords, either encrypted, or in the worst cases, in plain text. While there is little that can be done from a user perspective to prevent data breaches from websites, there are ways to protect yourself from cyber threats, including using strong and unique passwords.

Protecting Yourself and Your Loved Ones from Scams and Fraud

By: Holly Benedetto
If you’ve been following the news, scams and fraud are seemingly everywhere in our world. Whether over the phone, online, or even in the mail, it seems like there is a new trick to learn every day with regards to fraudsters, and it is important to stay informed about the latest cons to protect yourself and your family.

Swipe Left On Romance Scams, Catfishing & Other Online Tricks

By: American Heritage
Millions of people use dating apps or social networking sites like Facebook and Instagram in the hope of finding love. But instead of finding their dream person, they wake up to an empty bank account. In fact, in 2021 alone, the Federal Trade Commission said that losses from romance scams were up nearly 80% from 2020, totaling $547 million. There are lots of things to look out for when it comes to romance and other online scams. In this blog, we’ll look at some different kinds of scams so you can avoid them and the heartache that can come along with them.

Protect Yourself with These Tips from Identity Theft Awareness Week

By: Holly Benedetto
Identity theft can be a devastating crime that victims may not notice until it is already too late. Anyone can become a victim of identity theft, but luckily, anyone can take precautions to protect themselves. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and its partners hosted Identity Theft Awareness Week from January 30 through February 3, 2023. Their mission is to raise awareness that any person, of any age or background, can be a target for identity theft.

Services to help you protect your information.

As a member, you have access to a variety of services that can help you monitor your security and take action quickly.