ALERT! - Fraudulent Emails
FDIC Warns Against Email Scam
E-mails fraudulently claiming to be from the FDIC
are asking recipients to check their deposit insurance coverage. DO NOT RESPOND OR CLICK ON ANY LINKS IN THIS E-MAIL!
These e-mails falsely indicate that recipients should download and open
a ”personal FDIC insurance file” to check their deposit insurance coverage.
The “insurance file” may actually be a form of spyware or malicious code
and may collect personal or confidential information.
The FDIC does not send unsolicited e-mails.
Read more: www.FDIC.gov
Identity Theft Fraud Prevention
Identity Theft if becoming a widespread problem reaching across the globe. Citizens State Bank urges you to learn about the problem and take measures to protect yourself.
Download the Brochure on Phishing by the Federal Bank, thrift and credit union regulatory agencies.
Read detailed information about fraudulent scams and what you can do to help prevent it on the Federal Trade Commission's Identity Theft website at www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft>
You Can Fight Identity Theft.
Never provide personal financial
information, including your Social Security
number, account numbers or passwords, over
the phone or the Internet if you did not initiate
Never click on the link provided in an e-mail
you believe is fraudulent. It may contain a virus
that can contaminate your computer.
Do not be intimidated by an e-mail or
caller who suggests dire consequences if
you do not immediately provide or verify
If you believe the contact is legitimate, go
to the company’s Web site by typing in the
site address directly or using a page you have
previously book marked, instead of a link
provided in the e-mail.
If you fall victim to an attack, act
immediately to protect yourself. Alert your
financial institution. Place fraud alerts on
your credit files. Monitor your credit files and
account statements closely.
Report suspicious e-mails or calls to the
Federal Trade Commission by calling 1-877-IDTHEFT.
What to do if you fall victim to Fraud:
• Contact your financial institution immediately
and alert it to the situation.
• If you have disclosed sensitive information in
a phishing attack, you should also contact one
of the three major credit bureaus and discuss
whether you need to place a fraud alert on
your file, which will help prevent thieves
from opening a new account in your name.
Here is the contact information for each bureau’s fraud division:
P.O. Box 740250
Atlanta, GA 30374
P.O. Box 1017
Allen, TX 75013
P.O. Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92634
• Report all suspicious contacts to the Federal
Trade Commission by calling 1-877-IDTHEFT.