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Coronavirus Scams

During times of crisis, cyber criminals try to take advantage of your anxiety about the situation. First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) will never call you and ask you for your personal information. Don't be tricked into giving out confidential information.  

FNBT takes fraud very seriously and we look for ways to protect our customers. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, be aware of various ways a fraudster might try to fool you or your family:

  • Be aware of telemarketers trying to raise funds
  • Do not give your personal information to anyone when you have not initiated contact
  • Do not click on attachments from unfamiliar email addresses

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Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency 

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns individuals to remain vigilant for scams related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Cyber actors may send emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes. Exercise caution in handling any email with a COVID-19-related subject line, attachment, or hyperlink, and be wary of social media pleas, texts, or calls related to COVID-19.

CISA encourages individuals to remain vigilant and take the following precautions:

  • Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments.
  • Use trusted sources—such as legitimate, government websites—for up-to-date, fact-based information about COVID-19. We've provided some helpful links below.
  • Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.
  • Verify a charity’s authenticity before making donations.

Review CISA Insights on Risk Management for COVID-19 for more information.


Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides the following tips to help avoid a Coronavirus scam: 

  • Don’t respond to texts, emails or calls about checks from the government
  • Ignore offers for vaccinations and home test kits
  • Hang up on robocalls
  • Watch out for phishing emails and text messages
  • Research before you donate

Visit ftc.gov/coronavirus for the latest information on scams. Sign up to receive alerts from the FTC at ftc.gov/subscribe.
 

Small Business Administration (SBA)

 Be alert about email phishing scams trying to take advantage of small business loan applicants seeking federal COVID-19 aid. Read more.