Phishing is one the latest cons used by high-tech criminals to facilitate one of America’s leading forms of fraud – identity theft. Basically, the scam uses spam (unsolicited email) to bait consumers into disclosing sensitive personal information – such as social security numbers, account numbers and routing numbers, credit card numbers, personal identification numbers, internet passwords and other private data.

To avoid getting phished Bank North offers the following guidance:

  • If you get an email that warns you – that an account of yours will be shut down or interest suspended unless you reconfirm your billing information, do not reply or click on the link in the email, instead contact the legitimate company or bank cited in the email using a telephone number or web address you know to be genuine.
  • Avoid emailing personal and/or financial information.
  • Look for the “lock” icon on the browser’s status bar before submitting the information through the website. It signals that your information is secure during transmissions.
  • Review your monthly checking account statements and credit card bills as soon as you receive them. This way you will find any unauthorized charges immediately and be able to report it promptly. If your statement is late by more than a few days, call your bank or credit card company immediately to confirm your billing information.
  • Remember, Bank North will never email you requesting that you verify information about any of your accounts, address or any of your personal information!!!
  • Never open unsolicited email.
  • If you do receive an email claiming to be from Bank North, promptly report it to us at 715-856-5116.
  • Visit the website www.ftc.gov/spam for other ways to prevent and avoid email scams and to learn how to deal with deceptive spam.