Consumer Alerts

TIS the Season. . .for scams!

November 24, 2014  – The FBI issued an alert for shoppers to beware of cyber criminals and their aggressive and creative ways to steal money and personal information.  Scammers use many techniques to defraud consumers by offering too-good-to-be-true deals via phishing emails advertising brand name merchandise, quick money making offers, or gift cards as an incentive to purchase a product. Remember, if the deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.  Never provide your personal information to an unknown party or untrusted website. The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has the full alert.   Click here to read more!

Fraud Protection
Tips for Consumers
  • Reconcile your statement each month and check for unauthorized transactions.
  • Report any suspicious inquiries or unauthorized account transactions to your bank immediately.
  • Never give out your checking account number unless it is a call you have initiated.
  • Reveal checking account information only to businesses you know to be reputable.
  • Shred or tear-up canceled checks and deposit slips before discarding them.
  • Notify your bank if you don’t receive your checks in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Use dark ink, never light colors or pencil that can be easily erased or covered.
  • Don’t leave blank spaces on the payee or amount lines.