Scam/Fraud Safety

Scam/Fraud Safety

Part of our modern life includes knowing how to stay safe and be vigilant against scammers. This includes recognizing red flags for potential scams and what to avoid. Below are some tips to stay safe online and on the phone. If you have questions or suspect you may have submitted financial information when you shouldn’t have, contact Bruning Bank asap.

If your debit card needs to be froze as a precaution, don’t sweat it. We are proud to offer temporary debit cards that can be picked up at your nearest location to use while your new permanent debit card is on its way. Give us a call and ask about Instant Issue debit cards!

EMAIL

EMAIL
EMAIL
  • Do not click on any links in emails from unfamiliar sources.

  • Never reply to an email you are unsure of the legitimacy.
     
  • Hover over the link/sender to see the true link/sender. 
     
  • Check the exact spelling in the link, business name, and sender

(ex: rn can look like an m when quickly reading).

WEBSITES

WEBSITES
WEBSITES
  • View and shop only the sites you trust and are familiar.
     
  • If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. No deal is worth risking your personal security.
     
  • Unsure of the legitimacy? Type the name of the business followed by fraud or reviews into Google.
     
  • Your browser may also tell you if the site is not secure by the URL at the top of the screen.

SOCIAL MEDIA

SOCIAL MEDIA
SOCIAL MEDIA
  • Don’t accept friend requests from anyone you don’t know and be cautious of adding someone you already added as it may be a fraudulent account.
     
  • Never share posts for offers that are too good to be true, full of typos or from unfamiliar pages.
     
  • Avoid the quizzes and fill in the blank links that may reveal personal information (school mascot, mother’s maiden name, first car, etc.).

PHONE CALLS

PHONE CALLS
PHONE CALLS
  • If anything feels off about the call or caller, hang up.
     
  • Caller ID can be spoofed.
     
  • Trust your gut!
     
  • If anyone starts asking for your personal or banking information, hang up. If they said they were a business or person you may have a relationship with, give them a call back on the number you have for them.
     
  • Organizations like the Social Security Department will never call you.

CHECKS

CHECKS
CHECKS

If you receive an unexpected check in the mail, call the number listed for the issuing bank. If the call doesn’t go through or they are unable to verify the check, it is not legitimate and should be discarded.

PREVENTION

PREVENTION
PREVENTION
  • NEVER give out your personal information.
     
  • Keep an eye on your Mobile or Online Banking to help keep track of your funds.
     
  • If you ever have a question about the legitimacy of a check or any financial item, do not hesitate to ask!
     
  • If your account may be compromised, call 1-800-472-3272 or any Bruning Bank location asap.

TURN OFF YOUR DEBIT CARD

TURN OFF YOUR DEBIT CARD
TURN OFF YOUR DEBIT CARD

1. Log into Mobile Banking

2. Select MORE

3. Select Manage my cards

4. Enter your password

5. Select Block Card

6. Call Bruning Bank asap