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 Brella app! To order a new card, however, you will need to contact us directly.

Holiday Shopping Season 2020

November 23, 2020

by Shameka Walker Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC The holiday season is upon us and retailers are already preparing for what they hope will be a successful shopping season. Because of COVID-19, it’s likely that we’ll be…

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Threatening Phone Scams are Targeting Parents and Immigrants

October 22, 2020

October 19, 2020 by Cristina Miranda Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC Two disturbing phone scams have popped up on the FTC’s radar. Both scams have one thing in common: they want to trick (and scare) you out of…

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

“Pass it On” at the Holidays

November 21, 2019

“Pass it On” at the holidays November 19, 2019 by Lisa Weintraub Schifferle Attorney, FTC, Division of Consumer & Business Education Holidays often mean time with family and friends. If you’re looking for conversation starters that avoid tricky topics –…

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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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