Some local residents have recently become victims of identity fraud.
Officials warn consumers to be careful how many credit cards they are carrying and notice their surroundings when hitting the stores.
Luckily, some banks will call customers if they notice any suspicious charges.
That kind of service allows the bank to stop the fraud by putting a hold on the account, but the customer does have to wait to have a new debit card issued.
"We have a loss prevention and fraud prevention area that's very active and looking for unusual transactions on a customer's account. They’ll contact the customer and try to verify that transaction to see if they can put a stop on it right away," says Chuck Prophet, Financial Center Manager at Wachovia.
For tips on how you can keep your financial information private, you can go to wachovia.com and click on Wachovia security plus.