Safeguard your financial information.
We are here to keep you informed and provide you with the latest information to help safeguard your personal information.
Below you will find recent fraud notices, links and alerts to help keep you informed.
Keeping You Informed
- Important Tax Fraud Alert (February 2018)
- FTC Warns Consumers About Online Dating Scams (February 2018)
- Identity Theft Awareness Week (January 2018)
- Protecting Yourself Against Tax Identity Theft (January 2018)
- FTC: Equifax Isn't Calling (September 2017)
- FBI: Business Email Compromise Scam (July 2017)
- FDIC: 10 Scams Targeting Bank Customers (June 2017)
- FTC: "I have an emergency and need money" Scam (April 2017)
- FTC: Don't Bank on that Check (March 2017)
- Tips for Businesses Impersonated in Phishing Scams (March 2017)
- FTC: Holiday Shopping Tips for Consumers (December 2016)
- The IRS Doesn't Want Your iTunes Cards (July 2016)
- New FTC Resources Warn Consumers About Impostor Scams (June 2016)
- 14 Red Flags for Elder Financial Abuse (May 2016)
- Don't Fall Victim to the Grandparents Scam (May 2016)
- FDIC Cyber Security Basics (January 2016)
If you believe you may be the victim of fraud or identity theft, please contact us immediately. We're here to help.
The following resources will help you prevent identity theft:
- Video: Don't Be an Online Victim: How to Guard Against Internet Thieves and Electronic Scams
- Video: What To Do If You're A Victim of Identity Theft
- Video: Fraud Affects Every Community: Impostor Scams (Spanish with English subtitles)
- Online Quiz: "Can you spot a scam?"
- Internet Crime Complaint Center
- Federal Trade Commission
ICE warns against holiday scams
An article has been posted by U.S. Immigration and Customer Enforcement (ICE) on ways to avoid scams this holiday season. Suggestions included:
- If the price seems too good to be true, then it probably is.
- Buy from reputable manufacturers and stores.
- Research online sellers before purchasing. The comments of people who have made previous purchases may be especially helpful.
- Don't buy anything advertised via bulk email ("SPAM").
- Be suspicious of websites that do not provide a toll-free contact number.
- When submitting financial information online, verify that the website is secure and that payments are submitted to website addresses beginning with "https://."
CFPB warns of holiday scams targeting older consumers
A CFPB Blog article reviews various holiday scams which target older consumers. It includes the following tips:
- Before offering your help to someone who claims to be a grandchild (or other relative/friend), be sure to telephone your family to verify that the emergency or urgent request is genuine.
- Beware of a caller who insists on secrecy. Never allow anyone to discourage you from seeking information, verification, support and counsel from family members, friends or trusted advisers prior to making any financial transaction.
- Make sure your charitable donations benefit the people and organizations you want to help. If a caller claims to be from an established organization such as a hospital, charity, or law enforcement agency, look up the number of the organization independently and verify the claim before sending money.
- If you have received a letter or call that purports to be from the IRS stating that you owe taxes, call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040 for information.