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:
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The FDIC has released a warning to be aware of phishing emails purportedly from the FDIC. The email is alerting the reader that their ACH or Wire transaction has been temporarily suspended for security reasons and they need to download and install the newest security version. If the link is clicked, it proceeds to infect the readers PC. Currently the emails come from no.replay and notify84zma both ending with @fdic.gov but these can and probably will be changed by the criminals.
MUNCIE, Ind. – First Merchants Bank participated in the 2012 Polar Plunge held Saturday, February 11 on the lawn of the L.A. Pittenger Student Center at Ball State University. At the Polar Plunge, participants jumped into a pool of wintry water in exchange for pledges and donations benefiting Special Olympics Indiana.