We continue to get calls every week from customers fending off scammers, both online and via telephone. One recent one (though not new) was from a caller with a telephone ID of "Kingston JM", who convinced his victim to send money to receive a "prize". We cannot say it often enough: You shouldn't have to pay money to win money. Legitimate sweepstakes won’t make you pay money or buy something to enter or improve your chances of winning. That includes paying "taxes" or "shipping and handling charges" to claim a prize.
If you receive a call like this, HANG UP, and by all means, do not provide the caller with any personal or account information. If you've already done so, or sent a check to receive some sort of "prize", contact us to stop payment on your check and/or close your account. YOU are the most important security feature of your bank account.
For more information, please visit the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Information blog.
F&M Security Tip: Check out unsolicited offers with the Better Business Bureau, your local consumer protection agency or state Attorney General’s office before sending any money. If you do want to make a purchase, ask for a catalog or other information to be sent to you by mail. Never allow yourself to be hurried into decision.
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