If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Here are a few real life examples of common scams that are out there. If a phone call, letter, or online contact strikes you as strange, or even a bit unusual, DO NOT proceed with the transaction.Our goal is to help protect our customers, which means helping you stop these scams before they ever happen.
Scammers are rarely caught, and victims are personally liable to reimburse First Columbia Bank when fraudulent checks are returned. Remember, being vigilant and avoiding “too good to be true offers” is one of the best ways to keep scammers away from your personal information and your money.
The Grandparent Scam
The Grandparent Scam is a way in which fraudsters prey on the elderly by taking advantage of their love and care for their grandchildren. A grandparent may receive a call or an email from someone claiming to be their grandchild or someone calling on their behalf asking for money to help them in some way. Learn More
Foreign lottery scams target millions of Americans each year, resulting in the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The victim will usually recieve a phone call, email, or direct mailing telling them they've won the lottery. Learn More
New Online Friend Scams
This type of scam can happen when a new friend is met through an online social networking site, like Facebook or Instagram. Scammers often construct a story after weeks or months of talking to you and earning your trust. Their ultimate goal is to steal your money. Learn More
Romance scams occur when a new love interest is met through a social networking site, like Facebook or Instagram, or through an online dating service. Scammers might