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SBA COVID-19 Relief Scams and Fraud Alerts

Please be aware of a variety of malicious attempts by cyber-criminals taking advantage of the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s COVID-19 relief efforts to gather sensitive information and steal funds from businesses. Always think before you click! Grants/Loans The SBA does not initiate contact on either loans or grants.  If you are proactively contacted by someone...

Unemployment Insurance Program Targeted by Fraudsters

The US Secret Service is warning of a well-organized fraud ring exploiting the COVID-19 crisis in order to commit large-scale fraud against state unemployment insurance programs. Individuals are receiving multiple deposits from various State Unemployment Benefit Programs. It is assumed the fraud ring behind this possesses a substantial database of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) in...

Beware of COVID-19 Scams Using the FDIC’s Name

During these unprecedented times scammers are using false information regarding the security of people’s deposits or their ability to access cash to perpetuate fraud schemes. The FDIC does not send unsolicited correspondence asking for money or sensitive personal information. The agency will never contact you to ask for personal details, such as bank account information,...

Coronavirus Phishing Scams

Beware of COVID-19 emails that appear to come from reputable sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). The body of these emails often contain recent news and updates related to the Coronavirus. These emails ask you to click on links for more detailed information – but actually link...

Recent Business Fraud Activity

The following types of business fraud have been on the rise. As always, we encourage you to be on the lookout – and to be diligent in your verification process. Wire Fraud We’ve seen an increase in business wire fraud from criminals intercepting valid wire request emails and altering the payment instructions. Never wire money...

How to Recognize a Phone Scam

Phone scams come in many forms, but they are easy to spot if you know what to look for. Note: If your phone is listed on the National Do Not Call Registry it is illegal for a company to call you. If a company is already breaking the law, there is a good chance it’s...

How To Secure Your Smart Devices

Smart devices are everywhere these days and it’s likely that you own several (Amazon Alexa, Nest, Google Home, just to name a few). Like all internet-connected technology, smart devices are vulnerable to being hacked, so steps should be taken to secure them. Here are some simple steps: Setup Passwords:  Many smart devices come with a...

Tips for Spotting and Avoiding Check Fraud

Fake checks come in many forms – you could receive a fraudulent check or your account information could be used to create fraudulent checks. Understanding how check processing works and how to keep your information secure can help safeguard you from this type of activity. Check fraud can come in a variety of forms: Counterfeit...

Tips For Monitoring Your Financial Accounts

Monitoring your account activity is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself from fraud. The sooner you are able to identify unauthorized activity, the better you can take action to  reduce the impact. Here are some tips for monitoring your accounts and credit. Monitoring Your Accounts Review account activity often, daily if possible,...

Know The Signs of Business Email Compromise

You receive an email from the CEO asking you to purchase $500 worth of gift cards and provide the codes ASAP. The request came from the CEO’s email address, but they weren’t controlling it, a bad actor was. Business email compromise (BEC), sometimes referred to as CEO Fraud, is becoming a prevalent tool for scammers....

Spotting and Preventing Wire Fraud

Fraudulent wire activity is generally a result of account takeovers and email compromises. This form of fraud can be difficult to detect because they use a valid email address, craft their communication to mimic the owners, and add urgency to their request(s). Sometimes payment is expected from the recipient and the communication channel may have...

Protect Yourself From Tax Fraud

As tax season ramps up, so does tax-related fraud. Know what to look for, and take steps to protect sensitive information. SPOTTING TAX FRAUD Phone Calls: The IRS will never notify you of a tax issue by phone until it has first sent written notification, usually multiple times. If a caller claims to be from...

Signs of Elder Financial Abuse

Many elderly people are targets of financial exploitation because they are likely to have savings accounts, fixed incomes, receive social security benefits or own their homes. Sadly, many who are financially exploited experience this abuse at the hands of trusted caregivers or family members. This can make the victim feel heartbroken, embarrassed and ashamed. They...

Social Security Is Not Trying To Take Your Benefits

Scammers are making calls posing as someone from the Social Security Administration and telling people that their Social Security Number or Benefits will be suspended. The goal of this scam is to convince people to send money, often in the form of gift cards. What to do: Hang up – do not answer any questions...

Beware of Fake Equifax Data Breach Settlement Websites

The Equifax Breach, and subsequent settlement, has received a lot of media attention. Scammers are seizing this opportunity to establish fake settlement sites. Don’t follow email links or web search results. Refer to the FTC’s website for claim information, including officially approved links: www.ftc.gov/Equifax Scam Calls, Texts, and Emails Scammers are making calls and sending...

Beware of One-Ring Scams

Have you ever had your phone ring once and then stop? If so, you may have been targeted with what is known as a one-ring scam. What is a One-Ring Scam? Scammers ring once hoping you will think you missed a call and call back. The call may appear to originate from the U.S. with...

How To Shop Online Safely

As more consumers decide to shop from the comfort of their homes, scammers are finding ways to take advantage of online shoppers. There are three common ways that scammers can take advantage of online shoppers: Creating fraudulent sites and email messages – The benefit of shopping at a physical store is that you know where...

Steps To Safeguarding Your Online Devices

Take these 6 easy steps to protect your online devices. 1. Install an antivirus program and keep it updated with built-in auto-update and auto-renewal options. Take time to get to know your antivirus and any other security tools that your devices might contain. Understanding the tools that protect you will go a long way. 2....

Positive Pay can protect you from check fraud losses

Please be aware that we’ve recently seen an uptick in business check fraud, mainly from unattended mail. It’s important to have either a P.O. Box or direct delivery inside an office. Our Positive Pay service can give you peace of mind and protect you from losses due to fraudulent checks. With Positive Pay, we review...

GSB Transitions Email Address to @GorhamSavings.Bank

In 2017, GSB changed its website address from GorhamSavingsBank.com to GorhamSavings.Bank for added security. Dot bank domains are reserved exclusively for the banking industry, so they are more difficult to spoof and help prevent users from being redirected to a fake bank website. To complete the transition, we have updated our email addresses as well,...

How to Spot a Phishing Scam

Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive, personal information such as usernames, passwords, credit card numbers or account information by posing as a trustworthy source, such as a reputable company. Phishing is commonly done through email, although social networking sites and chatting apps are becoming increasingly common routes as well. How to spot a...

How To Create Strong Passwords

Password cracking is increasing around the world as it becomes easier for hackers armed with powerful technology. The best way to protect yourself is to exercise some simple password dos and don’ts. Do: Use a password that contains uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. Consider using a password phrase instead of a password. Example:...

Cybercriminals & Your Personal Information

ID theft can happen to anyone. Cyber criminals have multiple markets to buy or sell illicit goods that can be monetized in one way or another. Common goods include personal and financial information that can be used for fraud. How to Prevent ID Theft Watch your credit reports. Everyone is entitled to a free credit...

Ways To Stay Safe Online

The internet provides us with access to endless entertainment, and makes business transactions feel seamless. With all of this convenience comes risks. Bad actors are always present, but we all have the ability to take control of our online safety. Here are some security tips and tools to keep you safe online. Online Safety Tips...

Business Online Banking Security Tips

As they say, “it’s a jungle out there”. Even for those of us who keep up-to-date with system upgrades and follow safe practices. The “bad actors” are working hard every minute across the globe to thwart the latest protections. On top of everything else, it’s important to monitor your accounts frequently. Account Controls Every Business...

Personal Online Banking Security Tips

Protect yourself when banking online with these tips. Get Serious About Passwords Make your passwords long, strong and complex. That means at least eight characters, mixed with uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. Avoid using common words, phrases or personal information. Use different passwords for all of your accounts so if hackers compromise...

Lock Your Debit Card with Card Controls

GSB retail debit card customers can manage and protect their card right from their phone. CONTROL YOUR DEBIT CARD FROM YOUR SMARTPHONE With Card Controls in the GSB mobile app, you can control how, when and where your card is used, right from your mobile device. So, if you misplace your GSB debit card—or suspect...

What To Do If Your Card Has Been Lost Or Stolen

You had your wallet a minute ago, now it’s missing! It happens to the best of us. So, what should you do next? Contact Gorham Savings Bank’s Customer Service Center ASAP. We’re here to assist. Monday – Friday 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM & Saturday 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM Contact Customer Service: (207) 839-4796 After...

New Fraud Protections Now In Place

To provide further protection, customers will now receive text and email messages if suspicious purchases are detected. We will ONLY ask you to verify whether the purchase is valid or not. We will not ask for account or personal information. Customers are encouraged to provide updated mobile phone numbers and email addresses by contacting the...

Spectre and Meltdown – What You Need to Know

Hackers are always ready to exploit any opportunity to steal and misuse information. Two recently identified security flaws could allow hackers to steal sensitive data without your knowledge. Meltdown and Spectre exploit critical vulnerabilities in computer processors to allow programs to steal data processed on a computer. This might include passwords stored in a password...