Of course we all think that we would not become a victim, but read about the scams below that have affected customers of Sidney State Bank and its branches over the recent months:
"You've won!" – Lottery winner notification emails are scams. You can't win something you didn't enter. Tantalizing you with a letter stating you are the winner, these lottery winner letters ultimately seek payment for “taxes and fees” from you to get your winnings. You may make the payment, but you will never receive winnings from these con artists.Nigerian Fraud - In this type of scam, the crook will write an email that describes some tragic situation. Invariably, it states that someone is dead (sometimes claiming they are one of your relatives; in other cases they say you are chosen because you were recommended by a trusted friend) and a huge sum of money is trapped in a foreign country and they need you to help them get it -- for which they say they will handsomely reward you. They appeal to you like you're a superhero who can fly to the rescue, but what they're really after is your bank account information so they can make a withdrawal -- not a deposit. In other instances, they'll string the recipient along, promising millions, but requiring the recipient to come up with cash along the way for various fees and charges. There's no pot of gold at the end of this rainbow.
We need your help – Another common scheme has been a solicitation for an American contact for a foreign company who will be asked to receive checks (or money orders) in the mail. You, the American contact, then deposit the checks into your bank account and are asked by the foreign company to wire (or Western Union) the money to their associates who could not receive the money directly. Of course, the American contact would be allowed to keep a percentage for your trouble. By the time the check you deposited in your account is returned as fraudulent, the wire you sent is long gone and you are out the money.
Phishing Scam – Phishing emails appear to come from a financial institution or other company with whom the recipient may do business. The message attempts to trick the recipient into clicking a link. The link may take the user to a site with a malicious code, such as a keystroke logger, that will capture confidential information and then email it secretly to the fraudster. In other instances, the link takes the user to a Web site that is an evil clone of the financial institution's or company's Web site, where the user is deceived into believing they are entering information (such as an online banking user name and password, or ATM PIN, for example) in a safe environment when, in fact, it is a site controlled by the criminal. It is not uncommon for the email to threaten dire consequences if you do not immediately click the link to respond. Don't fall for it!Telephone version of Phishing – You receive a telephone call from someone claiming to be your bank. The person says that they need to verify your account information for quality control or to help in fraud prevention. Sidney State Bank will NEVER call you or email you and ask for your account number or other personal account information. If you are ever concerned about a call or email you receive, write down the information and call the bank’s main phone number yourself.
Sidney State Bank wants your accounts to remain secure and keep your personal information private. Therefore, we have prepared a list of suggestions to help you feel secure in all of your online transactions. Please remember that it is our commitment to you to never ask you for personal information via email.
If you receive anything suspicious or feel that you may be the victim of a fraud, please contact your bank representative at 989-328-2501.