Fraud & Scam Alerts

Fraud & Scam Alerts

Is your First Farmers debit card lost or stolen?

During bank hours, call your preferred branch location. After hours, call Shazam at 800.383.8000. You can block your card from unauthorized transactions with the Shazam Bolts app! To order a new card, however, you will need to contact us directly.

SIM Swap Scams: How to Protect Yourself

October 24, 2019

October 23, 2019 by Alvaro Puig, Consumer Education Specialist, FTC If your cell phone is your go-to device for checking your email, paying your bills, or posting to social media, you’re not alone. So imagine that your cell phone suddenly…

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Phone display that says a scammer is calling. There are buttons to accept or reject.

A Man Gets a Call from the IRS

April 3, 2019

No, this isn’t the beginning of a joke. But it is the beginning of a scam. With taxes due in the upcoming days, you should be on high alert for fraudulent calls claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service….

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Be Cautious of Email Attachments!

February 27, 2019

As always, you must be suspicious of all email attachments, because attackers are finding new ways to get around email security filters. The latest attack includes Microsoft Office attachments containing hyperlinks to dangerous websites. If you unknowingly download one of…

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It’s Not a Game: Malicious Apps in Your App Store

January 8, 2019

Well, actually, it IS a game… sort of. The bad guys are developing malicious applications with the hopes of making their way into your mobile device’s app store –and sometimes they’re successful. Recently, over 100,000 people* across the globe downloaded…

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Netflix Billing Scam is Back

January 2, 2019

The bad guys are back to their old tricks with Netflix again. They are sending out email messages asking users to update their billing information but don’t click that link! If you do, the bad guys could steal your login…

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Don’t Reuse Your Old Passwords!

December 27, 2018

Everyone has a bazillion passwords, and we know managing them is a pain. Experts constantly tell us to make all of our passwords unique and different but don’t reuse them or write them down. That’s a tall order unless you…

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Extortion Scams Making the Rounds

December 18, 2018

Extortion scams have been around for a long time, but they’re getting bolder and in some cases, more dangerous. Be cautious of these scam emails… they’re happening locally! The first one plays on recipients’ fears of being caught viewing inappropriate…

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Protect Your Debit Card This Holiday Season

November 19, 2018

Getting ready for the holiday shopping frenzy?! Before you do, keep in mind a few important points when using your debit card: Enroll in SHAZAM BOLT$ Transaction Alerting and Text Messaging Now is the perfect time to introduce (or reintroduce)…

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bank of power meters against a brick wall

Don’t Fall For This Power Trip

October 18, 2018

Be careful of scammers posing as power company representatives threatening disconnection if you don’t make an immediate payment. The targets of these scams are often businesses, mainly because of the number of bills they receive. Sometimes the fraud attempt is…

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First Farmers Now Offers Text Fraud Alerts!

September 20, 2018

The security and safety of our customers’ accounts is extremely important to us, and First Farmers is pleased to offer Text Fraud Alerts as part of our debit card protection program. Beginning Monday, September 24, you will receive a text…

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