About Holiday Phishing/Vishing/Texting Attacks
Phishing attacks aim to dupe a victim into releasing sensitive information that can be used for identity theft. These attacks are on the rise with increased holiday shopping.
In the most recent attack we’re hearing about, a fraudster sends a text message to a cardholder, requesting they call an 800 telephone number because their “account is locked.” When the cardholder calls the number, they’re asked to enter their card number or other personal information, such as their PIN, Social Security number or mobile device codes.
What to do / What not to do
- Legitimate texts to verify transactions will never ask for card numbers or other personal details. If you get a txt from our card company it will come from the following text messages number is 72718.
- If you believe that you have fallen victim to this scam, we suggest immediately hot-carding and shutting down their cards.
- Call the bank right away – 218.736.5485
- If it is after banking hours and have questions about the legitimacy of a call or text, call our fraud team at 866-508-2693. Be ready with identifying information about you and your account.
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PROTECT YOURSELF FROM ONLINE FRAUD
When seeking the following information online, you can take precautions to protect yourself from fraud:
- Be sure to find out who is providing the information, know where you’re going online.
- Many pharmaceutical companies create websites with information to sell products.
- Look for sites ending in .edu (for education) or .gov (for government).
- Avoid accessing your personal or bank accounts from a public computer or kiosk, such as the public library.
- Don’t reveal personally identifiable information such as your bank account number, social security number or date of birth to unknown sources.
- When paying a bill online or making an online donation, be sure that you type the website URL into your browser instead of clicking on a link or cutting and pasting it from the email.
- Make sure the website address starts with “https,” s stands for secure.
- Look for the padlock icon at the bottom of your browser, which indicates that the site uses encryption.
- Type new website URLs directly into the address bar instead of clicking on links or cutting and pasting from the email.
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