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We all realize that the use of the internet for banking, shopping, or socializing is no doubt convenient and easy. However, it is also becoming one of the fastest growing areas of theft and fraud. More than ever, we need to be diligent about where and how we input our personal and financial information online. At the Bank of Lincoln County, we are dedicated to safeguarding your information and one way to do that is to keep you informed of ways that YOU can take charge of protecting yourself from fraud, identity theft, and loss. Due to heightened fraud alerts we are publishing this notice as a way of educating you, our customer.
At Bank of Lincoln County, the security of customer information is a priority. We are strongly committed to the safety and confidentiality of your records. Every day, unscrupulous individuals are busy developing new scams targeting the unsuspecting public. One of the best ways to avoid fraud is to become an educated consumer. Below we have listed some tips to help
We encourage you to review our Security & Privacy link, which can be found on our website at www.bolconline.com. If at any time you have questions regarding security or possible fraud, please contact our customer service representatives at 931-433-1708 or via your online banking message portal.
OCC Reports Malicious Bank Website
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency released an alert noting that a website called “helpwithmybank.com” is masquerading as the legitimate website helpwithmybank.gov and contains potentially damaging malware. Attempts to connect to the illegitimate website could expose users to harmful malware. The OCC is encouraging anyone with information on the matter to contact the agency. Read the Alert.
Yet another report that email claiming to be from FDIC is in circulation, these aren’t to be taken lightly.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has received numerous reports of fraudulent emails that have the appearance of being from the FDIC.
The e-mails appear to be sent from a “firstname.lastname@example.org” e-mail address.
The e-mails have a subject line that read: “FDIC Notification.”
The fraudulent emails are addressed to “Dear customer” and state “Your account ACH and Wire transactions have been temporarily suspended for security reasons due to the expiration of your security version. To download and install the newest installations read the document(pdf) attached below. As soon as it is set up, your transaction abilities will be fully restored.”
The message concludes with, “Best regards, Online Security Department, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.”
The e-mails include an attachment named “FDIC_document.zip.” The e-mails and attachments are fraudulent and were not sent by the FDIC. Recipients should consider the intent as an attempt to collect personal or confidential information, or to load malicious software onto end users’ computers. Recipients should NOT open the attachment.
Financial institutions and consumers should be aware that other subject lines and modifications to the e-mails may occur over time. The FDIC does not directly contact consumers in this manner nor does the FDIC request personal financial information from consumers.
IMPORTANT SECURITY NOTICES:We will NOT request confidential information via email or the internet, nor will we contact you to confirm any online banking identification information.
Please do not give out any information regarding your account: i.e. PIN numbers, card numbers, or expiration dates.
To Report a LOST or STOLEN Debit card After Business Hours, Call 1-800-500-1044.
FDIC Consumer Education
The presentation: Don’t Be an On-Line Victim: How to Guard Against Internet Thieves and Electronic Scams is on the FDIC’s website.