PHISHING

IMPORTANT: Forcht Bank will NEVER call, text, or email you requesting account information.

Phishing scams are rampant. It's important that we teach you how to spot them to avoid becoming a victim.

What are they?
Scammers send a mass email to every address they can find. The sender appears to be a valid bank or financial institution. They usually provide a link for you to update your account information for some reason or another. It may look legitimate but the site they link you to is NOT. If you have any doubts, always call your banking center to ask first.

How to spot a phishing scam?
If the phishing scam is rudimentary, it is easy to see it is a scam. If you receive an email from a bank you have never used, just delete it. It gets trickier when you receive something that looks like it came from Forcht Bank.

Look at the message carefully. Are there misspelled words? Is the grammar off? Examine the link url. Copy and paste it into your browser and see if it takes you to the official bank site. Try to go to the url on your own. If it is a legitimate bank web page, you will be able to navigate to it easily from our home page.

If you feel you have a suspicious email in your inbox, report it. Click the "spam" button in your email program or forward the email to the US Federal Trade Commission at spam@uce.gov.

What do I do if I become a victim?
Notify us immediately so we can start monitoring your account closer. Put a fraud alert on your credit report by contacting one of the major credit agencies. Keep a close eye on your accounts and mail to make sure you are receiving statements and nothing unusual shows up.

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