As we celebrate the season of joy, it's crucial to stay vigilant and informed about the latest scams that fraudsters are attempting. By understanding and thwarting these schemes, we can ensure a secure and cheerful holiday for ourselves and our community.
The Scam Unveiled: A Grinchy Plot
Customers receive a phone call claiming to be from The Friendship State Bank, stating that their accounts are under investigation or audit. The caller insists that it's a private investigation, demanding utmost confidentiality - don't tell your banker!
Here's the Grinchy twist – customers are instructed to withdraw all their money and deposit it into a Bitcoin kiosk or wire funds, all in the name of protecting their funds.
THIS IS A SCAM!
Key Points to Remember:
Friendship State Bank will NEVER call customers and ask them to withdraw money for an investigation. Stay vigilant and skeptical of unsolicited calls.
Scammers use the tactic of keeping the call secret. Remember, the real Grinch wouldn't even stoop this low – don't let them steal your holiday joy!
Spotting the Grinch: Watch for Warning Signs:
If something feels off, take a moment to reconsider and seek advice from a trusted friend or a bank representative.
A Hero Emerges:
One heartwarming story amidst this Grinchy chaos is the quick thinking of Rising Sun Branch Manager, Larissa Phelps. She noticed a customer acting nervously when making a large withdrawal. She convinced him to step into the office, and uncovered the scam saving the customer from losing their life savings. Let's all be like Larissa – proactive and protective of our community.
Spread the Word, Not the Scam:
Your security is our top priority. Share this article with friends, family, and neighbors to create awareness and fortify our defenses against these Grinch-like scammers. Together, we can protect our community and ensure a safe and joyful holiday season.
This Grinchy scam won't steal our festive spirit! Stay informed, stay vigilant, and let's ensure that the only green this season is in our holiday decorations, not the pockets of fraudsters.