The recent news about the collapse of several banks has created another opportunity for scammers to cash in on chaos. Scammers are taking advantage of the unsettling news by preying on common anxieties that could cause unsuspecting victims to let their guard down.
This scam can be initiated by email, text or phone calls to target individuals and businesses – all with the intention to trick people into sending money to a bogus bank account or their personal banking information.
Don’t fall for their scare statics, follow these tips to protect yourself and your money:
- Don’t click any links you receive in an unsolicited text or email. This links could direct you to a malicious website or install malware on your device to gain access to your personal information.
- Never send funds! If an issue requires you to take action, find the company’s official website and contact them directly.
- Don’t rely on caller ID to confirm someone’s identity. Scammers are known to “spoof” caller ID and modify what phone numbers appear in order to impersonate a trusted source.
- Remember, a legitimate bank representative will never request your personal information or pressure you into taking immediate action.
For more tips on how to spot a scammers impersonating bank representatives, click here.
If you are a Merrimack customer and are concerned your personal or financial information was compromised, please call us directly at 603.225.2793.