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Avoid phishing, smishing, vishing, and other SCAMS!

Criminals constantly try to steal individuals' personal data. They pretend to be with legitimate organizations that people know and trust. Perhaps a bank, retail store or even the IRS. Scammers threaten "you are a victim of fraud" to steal your personal data.

Common tricks:

  • Phishing- fake email which often displays a well known logo
  • Smishing- official looking test message that seems legitimate
  • Vishing- bogus live phone call, "robocall" or voicemail

More examples:

  • Lottery Scams- To claim your winnings, you must pay taxes and fees. A fake check is sent. You are asked to cash it. Then wire back payment. They steal your money. You are responsible for the bad check.
  • Grandparent Scams- Scammer hacks someone's email account. Fake emails sent to relatives- claiming grandparent is stranded abroad> needs credit card information.
  • Employment Scams- Fake ads claim to be hiring people to work at home. You are hired and receive a bonus check to start. You are asked to pay "account activation." Scammers hope to get your funds before their check bounces. 



FDIC Consumer News October 19, 2020.

More tips and a complete copy of this FDIC article can be found at, or by calling the FDIC at 877-275-3342.


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