FBI warns about Ransomware attacks on businesses

Ransomware is a malware attack that prevents access to the infected computer system; part of the attack includes a demand from the attacker that the user pay a ransom in order to regain access to their computer. This type of attack has seen a rapid increase this year and small businesses have been a particular target for attackers. 

FDIC offers Cyber Security Tips

Below you can find Cyber Security Tips and suggestions from the FDIC on how to better protect your personal information.

Basic Computing Security Tips

  • Take extra precautions for logging into bank and other financial accounts.
  • Take precautions if you provide financial account information to third parties online.
  • Periodically check your bank accounts for signs of fraud. 

US Department of Treasury warns taxpayers about a ‘frightening’ fraud scam

The US Department of Treasury is warning taxpayers about a ‘frightening’ fraud scam. The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a warning January 19 advising taxpayers to be aware of callers impersonating Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents and threatening victims to pay back-owed taxes following reports that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) received 900,000 reports of fraudulent calls, resulting in over $26.5 million in victim losses since October 2013.

F.B.I warns on scams

The FBI warns us of the following scams, which seem to be growing in popularity:

Online Shopping Scams—If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. Steer clear of unfamiliar sites offering items at unrealistic discounts or gift cards as an incentive to purchase a product. You may end up paying for an item, giving away personal information, and then receive nothing in return except a compromised identity. In addition, do not open any unsolicited e-mails or click on the links provided.

Fraudulent Debit Card Calls Reported

MUNCIE, Ind. - Be aware that criminals have been making phone calls to customers and non-customers claiming to be First Merchants Bank and Lafayette Bank and Trust regarding their FMB Debit Card.

First Merchants Holiday Fraud Awareness

Avoid becoming a victim of fraud this holiday season.

Below are six tips to help you avoid becoming a victim in Cyberspace this holiday season for both home and at work.

Think twice before clicking on email attachments or website links:  Cyber-criminals take advantage of the holiday shopping season by using “order confirmation” and “shipping notification” emails to install malicious software on a victim’s computer. If you haven’t purchased anything online recently, don’t open or click on emails of this nature.

IC3 and FBI warn of Business Email Compromise

According to an online statement from the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) and the FBI, nearly 2,000 individuals have fallen victim to a wire payment scam across 45 countries, which has led to an estimated loss of $215 million.

In response to the wire payment scam, law enforcement agencies are issuing a widespread warning about a large scale operation that is tricking employees at both small and large businesses, called the Business Email Compromise.

OCC Warns of Phishing Attempt

MUNCIE, Ind. - The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has issued a phishing warning regarding the following excerpt:

Fictitious correspondence, allegedly issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) regarding funds purportedly under the control of the OCC and possibly other government entities, is in circulation. Correspondence may be distributed via email, fax, or postal mail.

Phone Scam Tactic on the Rise

MUNCIE, Ind. - Be aware that the criminals calling your cell phones and home phones are adding a new feature to their attempts to get your information. They are masking the phone number to show your own number; it looks like your phone is calling you.  They are betting that you’ll be more likely  to answer and respond to a call if it is your own phone number if for no other reason other than curiosity.

FBI Warns of Fraudulent Invoice Scam

MUNCIE, Ind. - The FBI and Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) are warning businesses that a specific email fraud scam is escalating. This scam normally involves a person receiving an email at their business address that seems to be a legitimate invoice from a vendor requesting payment via a wire transfer to a designated bank account. The FBI reports that the emails are altered to make it difficult to identify the true sender of the email and is usually not caught until after the money has been transferred. 

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