There is a new way for thieves to steal your financial information: through email scams or "phishing," which is defined as using email, websites and related methods to trick users into revealing sensitive information to support identity theft and fraud. Phishing emails appear to have been sent by companies with which you do business. These emails usually provide a link that asks you to reply to the email with your financial information, such as account numbers, passwords or usernames.
Do not click on the link or reply to the email in any way. By doing so, you may be sending the "scammer" the email with your financial information. Instead, call the company on the telephone or log onto the website directly by typing in the web address or URL in your browser. You can access our official websites by typing www.1stnb.com or www.1stcb.com into your browser.
Be suspicious of any email with urgent requests for personal financial information. Phishers typically include upsetting or exciting (but false) statements in their emails to get people to react immediately. They typically ask for information such as usernames, passwords, account numbers, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, etc. Always report suspected phishing or "spoofed" emails. Forward the email as an attachment to:
Make sure to contact the company that is being spoofed at the appropriate email address. You can contact our company at firstname.lastname@example.org for First National Bank Texas or email@example.com for First Convenience Bank.
File a complaint with the Internet Fraud Complaint Center of the FBI on its website: www.ic3.gov.
For more information on phishing, please visit www.antiphishing.org.