If you feel you have been scammed, and that your account security may be at risk, contact First Columbia Bank and Trust immediately.

 

570.784.1660

Scam Alerts

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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

 

Lottery Scams
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 Scam
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 persuade you to drain your bank accounts, max out your credit cards or even sell your home; all to send them the cash.   Learn More

 

Selling An Item Online Scam
Scammers are fooling sellers with fradulent checks, fake PayPal transfers, and other methods. Learn More

 

Tech Support Scam
Scammers make contact claiming to be computer techs working for reputable companies. They may call, email, or send instant messages claiming a virus has been detected on your computer.  Learn More

 

 

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