Current Fraud Attempts seen in our area
We are aware of at least five fraud attempts that are currently being seen in our area.
March 3, 2013 Update
Over the past weekend, we have become aware of Phishing phone calls about the Advantage debit card being made to our customers. Do not enter your card number in response to this phone call as this is an attempt to obtain your card information. Please read the item about this attempt located under the Information/Events heading.
EMAIL - The first one is where you receive an email that appears to be from someone you know and the email has an attachment. The attachment can be a zip file or a PDF. The email tells you to open the attachment and when you do, a virus or malware program is loaded on your computer.
The second email fraud attempt is where you receive an email telling you that you have received a gift. The email has a link for you to click on to claim your gift. If you click on the link, again a virus or malware program is loaded on your computer.
Please read the item titled "Identifying Fraudulent Emails" located in the Information/Events area of our web page. The document that opens shows you what to look for when you receive an email in order to be able to identify those that are fraud attempts. Always remember, if it seems to good to be true, it most likely is not true.
PHONE - Another fraud attempt that we have seen in our area is when you receive a phone call telling you that something is wrong with your computer. In some cases the caller has said they were with Microsoft but not all the time. The caller wants to gain access to your computer but we are not sure how they would make that request since no one we know of has allowed them to continue with the phone call. We suspect that if you allow them access to your computer, they will either try to obtain your information from it or install a virus on the computer.
ONLINE - Some customers have reported a screen telling them their information was included in a security breach when they leave a financial site. We suspect that their computer may already have some type of malware on it and it is monitoring for when they access financial sites and then displaying the security breach screen. In the end, they request a credit card number to verify identity and offer free access to your credit score. Details are in the item titled "Security Breach Warning Screen!" located in the Information/Events section of our web site.
Everyone is responsible for Security! Anytime someone asks you for your personal information, you need to ask yourself if the request makes sense and is reasonable. For example, in the past we have seen emails that claimed to be from the IRS but how would the IRS have your email address?