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COVID-19 Scams

Posted on: Saturday, October 17, 2020-4:23 PM

First City Bank would like to take this time to warn our customers to remain vigilant to an increase in scams related to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Scams could come in a variety of forms including phishing emails with malicious links or attachments to try and trick victims into revealing sensitive information. This could also come in the form of donations to fake charities. Always exercise your due diligence when opening any email related to COVID-19 and be wary of social media ads, texts or calls.

Some important tips you need to know:

  • Please be cautious when clicking on links in emails or online ads and be wary of attachments. Email scammers often try to elicit a sense of fear or urgency in victims.
  • Use trusted sources- such as legitimate government websites for the most up-to-date fact based information about COVID-19.
  • Do not reveal personal information or financial information in an email, and do not respond to solicitations for this information.
  • Always verify a charity before making donations by contacting the charity directly or verify the charities existence. Do not donate if the solicitor is using high-pressure tactics or insists on a cash donation.

If you have questions about a scam or think you might be a victim, call our Customer Care Center at 850-244-5151.

Additional Resources:

FDIC: Insured Bank Deposits are Safe; Beware of Potential Scams Using the Agency's Name

Department of Homeland Security - CISA - Defending Against COVID-19

Federal Trade Commission - Coronavirus Scams