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Target Data Breach

Target recently announced that customers who used their credit or debit cards between November 27 and December 15, 2013 to make purchases may have been affected by a data breach. For further information on this event please contact Target directly at 866-852-8680 or go to their website at

Protecting your account is top priority for Mother Lode Bank.

We are constantly monitoring for fraudulent activity. If you think your card may have been compromised, in this event or any other, please notify us immediately. If we receive additional information that indicates your card may have been involved, we will notify you and you will have the option of ordering a replacement card right away.

Be Alert for Email Scams

Scammers look for any opportunity to trick you into providing account information and the Target data breach is no exception. DO NOT click on links or reply to email, test or pop-up messages that ask  for your personal or financial information…even if the email appears to be from Target or another organization you trust. Mother Lode Bank and other legitimate businesses DO NOT ask for sensitive information through email.

You can help protect yourself from fraud.

We at Mother Lode Bank work diligently to protect you from any fraudulent behavior and to safeguard your account. There are some simple things that you can do to help.

Protect your Personal Identification Number (PIN):

  • Never write down your PIN. Memorize it as soon as you get it.
  • Do not disclose your PIN to anyone. No one from any financial institution, the police or a merchant should ever ask for your PIN.
  • At an ATM or PIN pad, enter your PIN discreetly, shielding the keypad with your hand or body.

Follow these steps to spot suspicious activity and protect your bank account:

  • Review your monthly statements for any unauthorized activity. You can also monitor your account activity online anytime at
  • Never give out your account numbers or other personal information unless you can validate the authenticity of the requestor.
  • Always shred personal and financial information before discarding it.
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