OCC Scam Alert

Fictitious correspondence, allegedly issued by the OCC regarding funds purportedly under the control of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and other government entities, is in circulation. People have received the correspondence by email, fax and postal mail.

FBI Warning: New Telephone Scam

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) continues to receive complaints from victims of payday loan telephone collection scams. The typical payday loan scam involves a caller who claims the victim is delinquent on a payday loan and must make payment to avoid legal consequences.

Fraudulent Email Balance Requests

The FBI has released a fraud alert involving email intrusions to facilitate wire transfers to foreign countries. This expands on the current alert in this section, dated January 24, 2012. The characteristics of the fraud are:

Fraudulent Equifax Request for Information

Be aware of fraud activity involving a physical fax that appears to be from Equifax, the credit agency. The fraud occurs through these steps:
  • The fax tells the recipient that Equifax needs their bank account number, fax number to their banking center and other information.
  • The fax then instructs them to sign the form and fax it back to them.

Website Blackouts Protesting Web Piracy Legislation

You may have heard about bills in the U.S. Senate and Congress intended to protect intellectual property and jobs named, respectively, the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
 

Zappos Online Shoe Store Breach

Zappos announced that a breach was discovered and 24 million accounts have been compromised of information including names, email addresses, billing and shipping addresses, phone numbers, the last four digits of credit cards and encrypted passwords.
 
If you are a customer of Zappos, go to their website for more information and read other news reports about it.
 

Trusteer Warns of New Malware Strain

Trusteer is alerting consumers to a new strain of the malware SpyEye Trojan that attempts to make it difficult to detect fraud by masking what you see.  The best protection is to implement layers of controls to prevent malware infection of your PC(s).  Everyone is encouraged to take the appropriate steps to prevent infection of your PCs and to check your accounts often (daily is recommended) from different sources such as other PCs, ATMs or your banking center. 

Washington: Phishing Scams on the Rise

The American Bankers Association is warning consumers not to fall victim to a sudden increase in phishing scams that have been reported in states around the country.
 

Multiple Phishing Scam Alerts

The OCC (Office of the Comptroller of the Currency) has released the following alerts. Both alerts are referring to phishing scams. If you receive these, be assured that they are fraud attempts and should be deleted or destroyed.
 

Municipality and School District ACH Fraud Alert

The Indiana Bankers Association has learned of an issue regarding ACH fraudulent activity that we want to make you aware of. According to the Indiana State Board of Accounts, there have been a series of fraudulent ACH transactions against various Municipality and School accounts throughout the state over the past few months.
 

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