Can You Spot a Phishing Scam?

Stop scammers and protect your finances.
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Every day, thousands of people fall victim to fraudulent emails, texts and calls from scammers pretending to be their bank. And in this time of expanded use of online banking, the problem is only growing worse. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission’s report on fraud estimates that American consumers lost a staggering $3.3 billion to these phishing schemes and other fraud in 2020—that's nearly double what was lost in 2019.

It’s time to put scammers in their place.

Online scams aren’t so scary when you know what to look for. And at Banner Bank, we’re committed to helping you spot them as an extra layer of protection for your account. We’ve joined with the American Bankers Association and banks across the country in a nationwide effort to fight phishing—one scam at a time.

We want every bank client to become a pro at spotting a phishing scam—and stop bank impostors in their tracks. It starts with these four words: Banks Never Ask That. Because when you know what sounds suspicious, you’ll be less likely to be fooled.

 

These top 3 phishing scams are full of red flags:

Text Message

If you receive a text message from someone claiming to be your bank asking you to sign in, or offer up your personal information, it’s a scam. Banks never ask that.

Email

Watch out for emails that ask you to click a suspicious link or provide personal information. The sender may claim to be someone from your bank, but it’s a scam. Banks never ask that.

Phone Call

Would your bank ever call you to verify your account number? No! Banks never ask that. If you’re ever in doubt that the caller is legitimate, just hang up and call us at 800-272-9933.

 

You’ve probably seen some of these scams before. But that doesn’t stop a scammer from trying. With this knowledge, you are more prepared than ever to spot text message, email and phone phishing attempts. 

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