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Recent Events Trigger an Increase in Internet Scams
The Boston Marathon Bombing does not just mean an increased threat level across the country and globe, but includes new and recycled Internet scams. Major events like the bombing and even the Fertilizer plant explosion in West, TX tend to attract malicious individuals who use these events for their personal gain.
Central National Bank is aware of internet watch groups and cyber security experts that have already identified multiple fake domains/websites, and charity efforts taking advantage of the Boston Marathon bombing. Based on our experience with previous tragedies, more scams will follow in the coming days. Internet users need to use a critical eye and conduct due diligence before clicking links, visiting websites, or making donations.
All Internet users should follow the guidelines below when reacting to large news events and solicitations for donations:
- Be cautious of emails/websites that claim to provide event-related information.
- Do not open unsolicited (spam) emails, or click on the links/attachments contained in those messages.
- Never reveal personal or financial information in email.
- Do not go to websites that you are unfamiliar with to view the event or information regarding it.
- Never send sensitive information over the Internet before checking a website’s security and confirming its legitimacy. Malicious websites may look identical to a legitimate site, but the URL may use a variation in spelling or a different domain (e.g., .com vs. .net)
If you believe you have fallen victim to a scam related to a recent tragedy and you have provided any of your personal financial information to the scammers, you can contact Central National Bank’s Customer Care Center to report it. Based on the information compromised, we will provide a unique solution to best protect you and your financial well being.
Reports can also be made via email to email@example.com