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FBI Sees Rise in Fraud Schemes Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
Ransomware

Ransomware is an ever-evolving form of malware designed to encrypt files on a device, rendering any files and the systems that rely on them unusable. Malicious actors then demand ransom in exchange for decryption.

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TAXES. SECURITY. TOGETHER

The IRS releases security awareness for taxpayers with some important information on how to protect yourself and your computer. Cybercriminals are constantly evolving and you must to.

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TLS Security Requirements Update

This update will affect customers who are still using browsers that do not support the Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 protocol. The TLS 1.2 protocol is needed to maintain data security. Customers who continue to use non-supporting browsers will lose access to your bank’s website following the update.

Non-supporting browsers are listed below along with instructions for testing the support of your own browser.

 

How do I know if I am affected?

 

Most browsers have supported TLS for at least the last few years. A comprehensive list of supported browsers is available here: https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/clients.html.

 

Which browsers are unsupported?

The following browsers (or older) DO NOT support TLS 1.2 and will no longer work after the update.

  • Google Chrome 29
  • Firefox 26
  • Internet Explorer 10
  • Safari 8
  • iOS 4
  • Android 42

If you have any questions after reviewing this information, please contact Customer Service at 816-850-5516.

FDIC Consumer News

FDIC Consumer News is the FDIC’s monthly newsletter to consumers, providing practical guidance on how to become a smarter, safer user of financial services, including helpful hints, quick tips, and common-sense strategies to protect and stretch your hard-earned dollars.

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Free Trial Offers

The truth about “FREE” trial offers. They usually end up costing you a lot of money and headache. The majority of what we see in debit card disputes comes from these types of offers. You may have just ordered the latest and greatest diet aid, skin care cream or miracle acne fix for free, that is until you see they have charged you additional fees, shipment costs or even started you on their program automatically. This usually results in us having to close the debit card and issue a new one, then attempt to get back the money that you didn’t know you agreed to. Also, if you used your account number instead- This results in having to close your account and open a new one, move all of your deposits and so on. Please be aware and be careful of any “too good to be true” offers.

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Understanding Mobile Apps

If you have a smart phone or other mobile device, you probably use apps – to play games, get turn-by-turn directions, access news, books, weather, and more. Easy to download and often free, mobile apps can be so much fun and so convenient that you might download them without thinking about some key considerations: how they’re paid for, what information they may gather from your device, or who gets that information.

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FBI Warns Banks Of Latest Scam ‘Coaching’ Victims For Money

Thieves instruct victims on how to lie when banks question wire transfer

The Kansas City Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation notified MBA (Missouri Bankers Association) about the rise of fraud scams nationwide, including the latest trend of criminals ” coaching” victims.

Recently, an elderly victim in Missouri was contacted by an individual claiming to be a federal agent and demanding the individual pay back taxes owed to the IRS. The caller instructed the victim on how to wire money to a specific account and how to circumvent inquiries and lie to bank employees when questioned about the wire transfer. “Coaching victims” is another way for thieves to manipulate and extort an individual while evolving and adjusting to counter any safeguards in place.

A Text Message Mess

Let me set the scene: your friend John is rushing to get his daughter from school and his son to the soccer field, and he still needs to stop at the grocery store because there’s nothing in the fridge. In the midst of this everyday madness, he gets a text message from Google with a verification code. He thinks, “That’s weird. Maybe I should log in to my email and see what’s going on.”

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Five Key Tips from the FDIC for National Consumer Protection Week

To read more about the tips from the FDIC visit the FDIC Consumer News.

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The Secrets of Mystery Shopping...Revealed

Do you love to shop? If so, you may be tempted by unsolicited emails or newspaper ads that claim you can earn a living as a secret or mystery shopper by dining at elegant restaurants, shopping at pricey stores, or checking into luxurious hotels. But, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, marketers who promise lucrative jobs as mystery shoppers often do not deliver bona fide opportunities.

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Protection for your Debit Card

To protect your account from the increasing amount of debit card fraud we have BLOCKED the use of debit cards in some states & foreign countries. If you are planning to travel out of state or the United States, prior to your trip please call F&C Bank at (816) 850-5516 to authenticate your card for use while you are traveling.

Avoid Online Scams!

It is important to keep your hard-earned money and your identity safe. Please visit the FBI website to find tips to protect yourself and your family from various forms of Internet fraud.

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