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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Facts About the Equifax Data Breach

Facts About the Equifax Data Breach   Equifax Data Breach Equifax, one of the three largest credit reporting bureaus, recently identified a data breach potentially impacting more than 140 million U.S. consumers. The incident transpired from mid-May through July of this year. Here are some important facts you should know to protect yourself.   What...

Be Wary of Tech Support Scams

Cyber criminals often send fraudulent email or text messages, or call and claim to be from Microsoft, Apple, your anti-virus company or internet provider. They may even setup fake online pop-ups with warning messages to call and get the “issue” fixed. They offer to help solve your computer problems, or sell you a software license....

Tax Season Fraud Precautions

Please be aware that as tax season ramps up, so does tax-related fraud. Businesses across the country have reported receiving spoofed emails from their CEO, CFO, or HR Manager requesting W-2 information. “CEO Fraud” is a scam in which cybercriminals spoof company email accounts and impersonate executives to try and fool an employee in accounting...

SCAM ALERT: Phishing Text Messages

Earlier today, we learned that bank and credit union customers in the area have been receiving phishing text messages. These messages cite issues such as your debit card is locked or has been placed on a “blocked list” and directs the recipient to call a number in the text or respond to the text. When...