Protect yourself from internet and email scams by keeping your personal and private information secure.
At First Women's Bank, your privacy is very important to us. That's why we want to provide you with information regarding a technique fraudsters use to lure online consumers to fake corporate websites through links sent via email. This scam is called "phishing" (pronounced fishing).
The message in the email often includes a warning that an account will be closed if personal information is not updated or "verified". The links within the email are often pointed to web forms that ask for bank account information, such as routing numbers, account numbers, PIN numbers, passwords and Social Security numbers. It is First Women's Bank's policy to not send or request confidential account information through email because it is not a secure form of communication. You should never enter private, personal information in a form that was sent to you by email.
In what's called a Lottery Scam, you receive an email claiming you have won a lottery and in order to claim your winnings, you must contact the claim's agent, typically by an email address from a free provider such as Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail, etc. The agent then sends you a form that asks for personal details and even copies of your passport and/or driver's license to "verify your true identity". The fraudsters now have enough information to duplicate your identity. In addition, in order to claim winnings, you may be asked to wire funds to the fraudsters to cover the transaction, insurance, tax and legal fees associated with the winnings. The fraudsters now have possession of the funds you transferred as well as your personal identity to continue to commit fraudulent activity.
There are many variations of check scams. It could start with someone offering to buy something you advertised, pay you to do work at home, give you an "advance" on a sweepstakes you've supposedly won, or pay the first installment on the millions that you'll receive for agreeing to have money in a foreign country transferred to your bank account for safekeeping. Whatever the pitch, the person may sound quite believable.
Things to look out for:
What can you do?
Identity Theft is one of today's fastest growing crimes. It occurs when someone steals your personal information and identification. They may open credit card accounts, apply for loans, rent apartments and purchase phone services, all in your name. In many cases, they request address changes so you never see the bills for their activity. These impersonators spend your money as quickly as possible. Most victims never know it until they apply for credit or receive a call from a collection agency. Clearing your name and erasing the effects of identity theft can be a nightmare and take a great deal of time. You can spend months or even years re-establishing your credit worthiness.
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