Tips to Avoid Fraud

November 25, 2022

Fraud Prevention

Bennington State Bank takes the protection of your personal information very seriously. We value your trust in us and understand that handling your personal information with care is one of our most important responsibilities.

In an effort to protect our customers, we want to inform you to always be alert and aware of text, emails, mail, or calls that seem fraudulent. We want to help you stay educated on the latest tactics to prevent inadvertently becoming a victim.

When in doubt, call your local BSB!
Ernie Beaudet, Business Development Loan Officer, Bennington State Bank

Text fraud is on the rise

Fraudulent texts are known as SMS Phishing or Smishing. This type of fraud is becoming more common.

Below are the main things you can do to avoid fraud via text messages.

  • The bank will NEVER text a customer asking for personal information or instructing customers to click a link. The only text messages BSB sends to customers are alerts and notifications.  If a text is an urgent call to action, it is likely fraudulent.  Additionally, the bank will never ask for your password.
  • If you get a text or email that you are suspicious of, call the bank or the company it is claiming to be from the phone number listed on their official website.
  • Do not reply or click on links you receive from text messages. This will only alert the fraudster that your number is actively being monitored and most likely will lead to an escalation of fraudulent messages.
Ernie Beaudet, Business Development Loan Officer, Bennington State Bank

Don’t let scammers get their hands on your sensitive information! 

If you have questions about someone contacting you by text, email, phone or mail, keep these things in mind:

  • Never give out your Online Banking login information to anyone
  • Do not release any private information in response to an unsolicited call, letter, email, or text
  • When in doubt, call your local BSB!

If a caller says they are contacting you from Bennington State Bank, you should end the call and contact us directly at 785-827-5522. 

If you think you have received a fraudulent call and have given out your personal information, please contact us as soon as possible at 785-827-5522. 

Today’s cyber criminals don’t discriminate when it comes to who they target, and we take your security very seriously!

Ernie Beaudet, Business Development Loan Officer, Bennington State Bank

We are here to help!

Feel free to contact us if you have questions!

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