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  Cambridge State bank will never send an e-mail requesting your password, PIN or personal information. Contact us if you receive such a request.
   
10/26/09 FDIC Consumer Alert -Email claiming to be from the FDIC - October 26, 2009

Numerous reports of a fraudulent email has the appearance of being sent from the FDIC.  The subject line of the email states: "check your Bank Deposit Insurance Coverage." The email tells recipients that, "You have received this message because you are a holder of a FDIC-insured account. 

THIS EMAIL AND ASSOCIATED WEBSITE ARE FRAUDULENT.   DO NOT FOLLOW THE LINK IN THE FRAUDULENT EMAIL.

>>Read FDIC Letter
02/18/09 SBA Warns of Fraudulent Attempts to Obtain Bank Information

>>Read SBA Letter
03/31/08 Internal Revenue Service Scams

A report of a phishing campaign that involves targeted email messages claiming to be from the United States Internal Revenue Service.

The attacks attempt to convince users to open bogus tax documents that may contain malicious code.  Additional attacks attempt to convince users to follow a link in an email message to an unofficial tax website that may contain malicious code or request personal information as part of a phishing scam.

03/18/08 Fraudulent Emails from Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

The FDIC has received numerous notifications from consumers of an email that gives the appearance of being sent from the FDIC.  The "From" line of the email displays the name 'Federal Department of Insurance Corporation <consumer@fdic.gov>' and the subject includes the words "Consumer Protection."

The email requests that recipients click on a hyperlink that is provided.  This directs the recipient to a "spoofed" web page requesting the user to enter personal information to receive $500 of "card insurance."

Consumers should NOT access the link provided and should NOT under any circumstances provide any personal financial through this media.

Report any similar attempts to obtain information to the FDIC by sending information to alert@fdic.gov

02/01/08 Department of Justice Phishing Campaign

A report of a phishing campaign that involves targeted email messages claiming to be from the Department of Justice.

The emails include messaging that is designed to convince recipients that they are the subject of a business complaint filed through the Department of Justice. Initial reports indicate that as many as 20,000 users, representing a wide range of companies in the US, Canada, and Australia, have been targeted.

The reports also indicate that a Department of Justice template is being used in these attacks. The Department of Justice released a statement on its website indicating that it does not, and would not send that type of information to the public via email. The statement includes an example of the template being used.

Read more on the Department of Justice website.

1/30/08 IRS Warns of Rebate Check Scams

Although Congress has not yet passed an economic stimulus package, identity thieves already are using promises of tax rebates to trick people into revealing financial and personal data, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Under one scam, consumers are receiving phone calls telling them they can only receive a rebate if they provide bank account information for a direct deposit.  The IRS emphasized that it does not collect information by telephone, and does not force people to use direct deposit.  Read more on the IRS website.

 

12/10/07 Surveylot Inc. Check Scam.

A customer received a letter from Surveylot, Inc. in the mail along with a check. The letter informs the recipient that he or she has been chosen to represent the company as a secret shopper at Wal-mart. A statement explains that SurveyLot.com has been engaged by "Moneygram" to evaluate customer service performance. The enclosed official check is to be cashed at the bank first and then used to purchase a Moneygram at a local Wal-Mart store, pay for associated service fees, and to retain a small portion as payment for service. The recipient is instructed to call 289-892-3588 after cashing the check. The letter may was signed by Paul Jackson.

This is a scam. If you have received a letter such as this, please contact the bank.  

11/29/07 Mail stolen from mailboxes.  Bank customers have become victims of mail theft.  Thieves drive around a neighborhood looking for those mailboxes with a little red flag up, obviously indicating that there is outgoing mail.

Take precaution. Never send cash or coins in the mail.
Promptly remove your mail after delivery. If you are going to be gone, contact your local post office to hold your mail.  Never send mail by placing it in your mailbox for the carrier to pick up when they deliver.

If you need to place a check reorder, ask us to hold your checks until you are ready to pick them up.  

10/19/07 Phony phone call to bank customer. A bank customer reported a person called and said that they were from the bank and needed to verify account information.  The person explained that an illegal activity occurred and that he needed this customer's checking account number and date of birth. If you get a phone call stating the above please call 763.689.2500 immediately.  This is an attempt to illegally gain personal account information.  Hang up if you receive a call such as this.
6/7/07 & 6/14/07 Email Scam. Please be advised of a phishing scam that looks like it is coming from two very credible sources, IRS and Better Business Bureau.  The email states that someone has filed a compliant against you and your company.  Please do NOT click on any links or download anything offered or interact with these emails in any way.

Click here to see an example email.

5/15/07 Phony phone call to bank customer. A bank customer reported a person called and said they were working on behalf of an agency to help recover losses due to being a victim of phone, internet and/or mail scams. The company said they work with the person's local bank to try and recover some of their losses.  Our customer was told that $395 would be sent directly to her bank if she gave her account information. If you get a phone call stating the above please call 763.689.2500 immediately.  This is an attempt to illegally gain personal account information.  Hang up if you receive a call such as this.
5/9/07

Phony phone call to bank customer.  A bank customer reported that a person called and said they were from Cambridge State Bank's "Fraud and Security" department.  The person calling read off the bank's routing number and asked if it was correct. He then asked our customer to read off the next series of numbers on her check so he could verify the information. Our customer did not give out this information. If you get a phone call stating the above please call 763.689.2500 immediately. 

7/7/05 Phony phone call to bank customer. We have become aware that a company calling itself Consumer Resources is making phone calls to our customers.  The call center claims that because you are a customer of CSB you will be eligible to receive a $500 gift certificate for future drug purchases.  THIS IS NOT A LEGITIMATE OFFER. If you have received a call like this and you have given your personal information to this company, please contact us immediately. 

Additional Resources

Identity Theft: Checklist for Prevention
What to do if you fall victim to ID Theft
Prevent Checking Fraud
What is Phishing?
Privacy Policy
Website Statement
Check your credit report
5 Tips for Protecting Your Checking Account
 
External Links
Anti-Phishing Working Group
Federal Trade Commission Consumer Alerts
Fraud.org
OnGuardOnline.gov

 

 

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