Securing your identity and protecting your information involves a collaborative effort between you, your bank, and other establishments you do business with who have access to your personal information. We are strongly committed to protecting your information and remain constantly aware of new fraud trends so that we can protect you as a customer. During the last several years, fraud trends have shifted towards targeting bank customers more so than banks. Because of this, your understanding of the risks and how to avoid them is key to keeping you and your assets safe. Below are some common examples of methods used to steal your identity.
Phishing is the term that describes fake emails that claim to be from a legitimate business such as a bank. Scam artists recreate web pages that they copy from real websites to try to fool consumers into providing their personal information. Even though the email has a bank’s logo on it, or name on it, and looks like it comes from the bank, it may be a fraud. The email may ask you to “validate” information by filling in items such as your log-in information, ID, password, debit card number, security codes, or PINS. Watch out for emails that are marked “Urgent” or say that your account may be closed if you do not respond – those are typical strategies to try to get information. Watch out for emails that provide only a general greeting and do not identify you by name. Be careful of emails that have spelling or typing errors.
MNB will NEVER ask you for your personal information or account information via email. If you ever receive such an email, or any request that seems suspicious, contact us by calling our toll-free number at 877-647-5050 so that we can investigate immediately.
Pharming involves sending internet users to a fake website, even when they entered the correct address. These fake sites often look real, but secretly collect any personal information and passwords entered. Users end up at fraudulent sites by having spyware or a virus loaded on their computer, or by sophisticated hacking tricks.
Beware of any changes to the logon screen. If you are asked for anything out of the ordinary, do not enter any information. Contact us by calling our toll-free number at 877-647-5050 so that we can investigate immediately.
Vishing is a combination of the words “voice” and Phishing”. The person committing the fraud sends an email asking for personal or account information, but then says “we know you are concerned about safety, so please call this number”. When you call, the person at the other end is part of the scam. This scheme is trying to get your debit card or credit card number. Always be highly suspicious of any call that asks for account numbers or card numbers.
Contact us directly to verify the validity of any message you might receive. Do not use the number given to you via any email or phone call – call our toll-free number at 877-647-5050, look our number up in the phone book or via an online directory.
Fake Check Scams
Common checks that are fake:
- You’ve won a sweepstakes, lottery or grant – here’s your check, send us a wire transfer to pay the taxes. FAKE
- Here’s a payment for you to start working from home – deduct a small amount of money and then wire the rest to us, your new employer. FAKE
- Here’s a check for something you have for sale; it’s a little more than you asked, just wire us that difference to pay for your shipping costs. FAKE
If you find yourself in any type of situation as just described, consult your consumer protection agency, the Federal Trade commission, the Postal Inspection Service to learn more.
Reconnecting with old friends or classmates, playing games, exchanging ideas are all great benefits of online social networking. Just remember to use common sense and control the amount of personal information that you post online or share online with others.
- Do not include email addresses or phone numbers in your profiles
- Keep your address private
- Understand who can access your information when you sign up for any social networking site. Is it private, or is it public?
- Use a password that is at least eight to ten characters long, use a combination of upper and lower case letters, plus numbers, plus symbols
- Keep in mind, while online, think before you respond. Guard your personal information.
Cyber Security Tips
Protect your computer. Install software that protects against malware, or malicious software, which can access a computer system without your consent to steal passwords or account numbers. Also, use a firewall program to prevent unauthorized access to your PC. While protection options vary, make sure the settings allow for automatic updates.
Use the strongest method available to log into financial accounts. Use the strongest authentication offered, especially for high-risk transactions. Use passwords that are difficult to guess and keep them secret. Create “strong” user IDs and passwords for your computers, mobile devices, and online accounts by using combinations of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols that are hard to guess and then change them regularly. Although using the same password or PIN for several accounts can be tempting, doing so means a criminal who obtains one password or PIN can log in to other accounts.
Understand Internet safety features. You can have greater confidence that a website is authentic and that it encrypts (scrambles) your information during transmission if the web address starts with “https://.” Also, ensure that you are logged out of financial accounts when you complete your transactions or walk away from the computer. To learn about additional safety steps, review your web browser’s user instructions.
Be suspicious of unsolicited e-mails asking you to click on a link, download an attachment, or provide account information. It’s easy for cyber criminals to copy the logo of a reputable company or organization into a phishing email. When responding to a simple request, you may be installing malware. Your safest strategy is to ignore unsolicited requests, no matter how legitimate or enticing they appear.
Be careful where and how you connect to the Internet. Only access the Internet for banking or for other activities that involve personal information using your own laptop or mobile device through a known, trusted, and secure connection. A public computer, such as at a hotel business center or public library, and free Wi-Fi networks are not necessarily secure. It can be relatively easy for cyber criminals to intercept the Internet traffic in these locations.
Be careful when using social networking sites. Cyber criminals use social networking sites to gather details about individuals, such as their place or date of birth, a pet’s name, their mother’s maiden name, and other information that can help them figure out passwords — or how to reset them. Don’t share your ‘page’ or access to your information with anyone you don’t know and trust. Cyber criminals may pretend to be your ‘friend’ to convince you to send money or divulge personal information.
Take precautions with your tablet or smartphone. Consider opting for automatic updates for your device’s operating system and “apps” (applications) when they become available to help reduce your vulnerability to software problems. Never leave your mobile device unattended and use a password or other security feature to restrict access in case your device is lost or stolen. Make sure you enable the “time-out” or “autolock” feature that secures your mobile device when it is left unused for a certain period of time. Research any app before downloading it. Consult your financial institution’s website to confirm where to download its official mobile application.
Educate yourself. To learn more about cybersecurity, visit the “Stop. Think. Connect. Resource Guide” at www.stcguide.com/resource-index
MNB will never call you or send you an email message requesting any personal information. If you receive a request for this information, it is a scam referred to as phishing. Do not provide this information and notify us immediately!
Identity Theft Resources
Identity theft continues to be one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States, and has ranked as one of the top consumer concerns for the past several years. MNB is committed to helping its customers avoid becoming victims of identity theft. If you learn or suspect you are a victim of identity theft, contact us by calling 877-647-5050. We advise calling during business hours and speaking directly to our Customer Service Department. In addition, contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and follow the instructions at www.identitytheft.gov
for more information about reporting fraud and recovering your identity.
FDIC Insurance Coverage
Each depositor is insured up to at least $250,000 by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
By operation of federal law, beginning January 1, 2013, funds deposited in a non-interest bearing transaction account (including IOLTA Accounts) no longer will receive unlimited deposit insurance coverage by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Beginning January 1, 2013, all of a depositor’s accounts at an insured depository institution, including all non-interest bearing transaction accounts, will be insured by the FDIC up to the standard maximum deposit insurance amount ($250,000) for each deposit ownership category.
For more information, visit www.fdic.gov