Feb. 2, 2015 12:40 AM

MidSouth Bank is teaming up with McGruff the Crime Dog and the National Crime Prevention Council to help consumers protect themselves from would-be scammers out to steal their personal information.

The collaboration will target both children and adults and will focus on the issuance of fraud alerts. It will also include programs and tips on preventing identity theft through the bank’s #ShineALightOnFraud campaign.

“Anyone can be a victim of identity theft,” says Rusty Cloutier, president and CEO of MidSouth Bank. “Credit and debit card fraud cost consumers around the world a staggering $5.5 billion a year, but if we all join forces we can successfully fight this. We want our customers to know that if they are targeted by a scam, they can stop it from happening by being informed and taking the necessary precautions to protect their personal information.”

MidSouth customers can also get involved in the effort, and any time one of the bank’s #ShineALightOnFraud messages are retweeted, a $1 donation will be made to the NCPC.

“Most of us do not realize how often our everyday actions can put us at risk for identity theft,” says Ann M. Harkins, NCPC president and CEO. “We are working hard in partnership with MidSouth Bank to educate consumers about identity theft because prevention is the best tool we have to fight this problem.”

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