Scams You Should Know About
Village Bank is committed to keeping our customers aware of possible threats to their personal information due to ongoing scams.
Here are a few examples of current scams:
- Fake prizes, sweepstakes, gifts, lottery winnings: Communications of ‘winnings’ with ‘fees’ or ‘handling costs’ that must be sent in order to receive them.
- IRS, FBI, or Government Officials: Emails, letters, text messages, or phone calls from ‘government agencies’ asking for personal information (SSN, DOB, account information), or instructing you to wire or send funds.
- Debt Collection: Threatening calls from an aggressive debt collector – especially if you aren’t familiar with the loan they are referencing, or you know all of your payments are current.
- “Phishing,” and Identity Theft: Strange or unfamiliar emails that want you to click on a link – don’t do it! They may ask for personal information and use it to apply for credit cards or accounts in your name. These ‘links’ may also contain malware designed to attack or lock your computer.
Protect your personal information! Never provide it unless you are certain of the source requesting it, and the reason you’re being asked for it.
Remember, this can happen to anyone.
Check out these helpful links to learn about scams, fraud, and online security:
If you are concerned in any way that you are being targeted by a scam, don’t hesitate to contact your branch bankers or our Customer Care Team at 866.806.9306 to help you assess the situation.
We are here to help.