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Banks Never Ask That!

Every day, thousands of people fall for fraudulent emails, texts, and calls from scammers pretending to be a bank. Take a look at the questions listed in the table, and watch for these red flags. Banks would never ask for them. If you receive an email, text, or phone call for any of this, it’s better to be safe than sorry. End the call, delete the text, and trash the email, because banks never ask that!


*Note: You may be asked to VERIFY confidential information if you call your bank, but not the other way around. If you’re ever in doubt that a bank call is legitimate, or if a caller pressures you to stay on the line and provide bank information right away or something bad will happen, it is a scam. Hang up and call the number on the back of your card to talk to a real bank employee.

F&M Cyber Tip: You may be aware that cyber criminals will try to trick you over the phone or through email using phishing attacks, but do you realize they may also try to attack you via social media, such as through Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn? Just like in email, if you get any social media messages that are highly urgent or too good to be true, it may be an attack.

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