Online Banking Scam
When you’re called It may even sound like a good deal “You won! I have a check for you. There is no catch. You don’t have to send anything back to me. Just give me the following information and the check will automatically be deposited in your account.” If it sounds too good to be true, it likely is. Scammers can be quite personable to gain your trust and then they start asking for information, such as:
- The name of your financial information
- Your member or account number
- Your online banking password and username
- Your security questions and answers
Do NOT give any of this information to anyone. In the current scam, you may receive a check deposited to your account through the remote deposit function. Your financial institution may reject it, but they may not. If accepted, the check will later be returned for “insufficient funds” or “closed account” and the money is then removed from your account. Hopefully, you haven’t already spent it. If you have you may have an overdrawn account and associated fees. And, it doesn’t end there. The ongoing danger is the scammer now has access to your online account. If they have enough information to make a deposit via online, they have enough information to drain your account online. We cannot stress enough that you should NEVER give out your personal information (date of birth, social security number, phone number, etc.) or any online information. If you have given out personal or online banking information. Contact your financial institution immediately and change your password and security questions.