Fraudulent Phone Calls
First Columbia Bank has been alerted that some customers are receiving phone calls from a fraudulent credit-reporting agency stating that their card has either been closed or blocked. This is a telephone scam. Please do not give out any personal, debit card or bank information over the phone. If you received a call of this nature and shared such information, please call us immediately at 387-7144 and we will issue you a new card. If you received a call, but did not provide any information, then no action is necessary.
Please know that if First Columbia Bank blocks or closes a customerís debit card, it is our policy to call the customer directly and they may also receive a text message from our fraud unit if that mode of communication has been activated.
Fraudulent FDIC Emails Consumer Alert - 9/1/2011
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has received numerous reports of fraudulent e-mails that appear to be from the FDIC and contain an infected attachment.
The fraudulent e-mails have addresses such as “firstname.lastname@example.org” or “email@example.com” on the “From” line. The message appears, with spelling and grammatical errors, as follows:
Subject line: “FDIC notification”
“Dear customer, Your account ACH and WIRE transaction 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 setup, you transaction abilities will be fully restored.
Best Regards, Online Security departament, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.”
The e-mails contain an attachment “FDIC_document.zip” that will likely release malicious software if opened. These e-mails and attachments are fraudulent and were not sent by the FDIC. Recipients should consider these e-mails an attempt to collect personal or confidential information, or to load malicious software onto end users’ computers. Recipients should NOT open the attachment.
Fraudulent FDIC Emails Consumer Alert - 1/12/2011
The FDIC has issued a Consumer Alert concerning fraudulent emails that appear to have been sent from Donald E. Powell, Chairman Emeritus FDIC; John D. Hawke, Jr., Comptroller of the Currency; and Michael E. Bartell, Chief Information Officer, FDIC. The subject line of the e-mails reads: “Account Insurance from FDIC” or “FDIC Insurance” and tells recipients that their “account has been denied insurance from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation due to suspected violations of the Patriot Act.” Recipients are asked to click on a link to verify personal information which will be checked against a federal government database for identity verification. Of course the link is fraudulent, either divulging the personal information to criminals or loading malware on the victim's computer. Please disregard and delete this email.
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