Individuals and businesses have become targets to a growing online fraud scheme known as ransomware. Ransomware is a form of malware used by cyber criminals to freeze your computer or mobile device, steal your data and demand a “ransom” — typically anywhere from a couple of hundreds to thousands of dollars — be paid.
Category: Keep Your Money Safe
Your quarterly account reconciliation is off. You’ve rechecked the figures, but profits are nowhere near what you’d projected. As you lean back in your chair, you recall that last quarter’s financials also showed a slight dip in revenue. Last time, you dismissed it as an accounting error. However, this time, the difference is significant. A possible explanation is one that some businesses are hesitant to consider: Fraud.
Imagine opening your bank statement and seeing debit card transactions you never made on your checking account. While the realization that your debit card has been compromised begins to sink in, you also notice that these unauthorized transactions have caused your account to become overdrawn.
Your Social Security number is an extremely important piece of personal information. These numbers are used to open new credit cards, to acquire loans and in some cases, to establish new identities. Because of this, criminals and scammers work very hard to steal Social Security numbers.
Accessing business accounts over the Internet is not just a convenience; it is a necessity in today’s fast-paced business environment. At Ephrata National Bank, we are invested in protecting our customer’s financial information and look forward to partnering with you to assist in safeguarding your online identity.
Recent news reports about skimming devices being placed on area ATMs have many ENB customers asking what they can do to protect their account funds. Fortunately, there are several proactive steps you can take when using an ATM and ways you can monitor your account to assist in determining if your card has been compromised.
Corporate account takeover is a type of fraud where thieves gain access to a business’ finances to make unauthorized transactions, including transferring funds from the company, creating and adding new fake employees to payroll, and stealing sensitive customer information that may not be recoverable. Ephrata National Bank recommends following these tips to keep your small business safe.
Every year, millions of consumers fall victim to cybercrime. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, in 2014, consumers lost more than $800 million from scams initiated through the web. In recognition of Internet Safety Month in June, Ephrata National Bank is highlighting seven tips to help consumers protect themselves from online fraud.
With the 2018 tax season underway, all customers should take extra precaution when filing their return to prevent their exposure to tax fraud.
As banking online continues to grow in popularity, so do the methods in which criminals attempt to commit fraud and scams to obtain information that will allow them to gain access to your accounts.