Look out for FRAUD via text messages!
Cybercriminals are taking advantage of the COVID-19 crisis and want to hack your personal and account information. These criminals are sending fraudulent text messages asking for your account information. This type of attack is called phishing.
Phishing is when hackers lure victims into their scam by requesting an individual’s sensitive information. Oftentimes, these hackers appeal to the emotions of their victims as a way to manipulate them more easily. They use many different methods, including text messages, pop-ups on websites, emails that ask for a reply, ad links to click or download an attachment, fake shopping websites on social media, messages stating information needs to be updated or that your account has been hacked, etc. All communications seem to be by a legitimate person or companies like financial institutions, government agencies, online retailers, social networks and even people that a victim knows making it easy for anyone to fall victim to cyber scams.
Thieves are looking for any information they can use to make purchases, steal an identity, open credit cards and so much more including:
- Social Security Number
- Bank Account Number
- Credit Card Details
- PIN Number
- Mother's Maiden Name
If you receive a message that in any way asks for personal or account information, please call Marine Bank at 217-726-0660, and we will make sure you are not being scammed.