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Security Alerts

Look here for information to better protect yourself against scams, threats to your identity and other fraud-related occurrences.

 

Beware Of Common Email Scams This Tax Season

IMPORTANT NOTICE: We want to let our customers know it is common to have fake email scams during the tax season that have subject lines, such as "critical", "alert", or "payment pending."

To learn more about common scams and resources to help you avoid this crime, please visit the Internal Revenue Service.

Justice Department Warns About Fake Unemployment Benefit Websites

To view this important advisory/alert from the US Department of Justice, please click here.

PPP Loan Forgiveness Scams Targeting PSBT Customers

IMPORTANT NOTICE: We have had reports of emails being received by our customers from outside companies claiming to be affiliated with PPP Loan Forgiveness programs. These messages are targeted to customers who have PPP Loans, based on publicly available information, and are asking our customers to resubmit forms and/or other documentation with sensitive financial information. Additionally, the emails may imply that our bank has limitations which prevent us from helping our customers to obtain PPP Loan forgiveness. These emails are not from, or affiliated with, our bank.

If you receive one of these emails, or have any questions with regard to your PPP loan through Peoples Security Bank & Trust, please contact your lender or relationship manager. As always, we will be happy to serve you.

Phishing Scam Targeting Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Borrowers

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The U.S. Small Business Administration has discovered an email scam originating from sba-attorneys.com. This email falsely warns that the funds were issued to the recipient in error and that immediate action must be taken. For more information, please click here to learn more from the SBA.

Resources

The links below are provided for to learn about the more common types of scams. Understanding how these scams occur can help you better protect yourself.

  • Identity theft - Peoples Security Bank believes that protecting your identity is very important. If you learn how identity theft works and how to protect yourself, you can help stop this crime.
  • Phone scams - The Federal Trade Commission has information on the most common types of phone scams, how to recognize them, and what to do if you've already fallen victim.
  • Imposter scams - Imposter scams come in many forms, and the Federal Trade Commission has helpful tips on different types of imposter scams that you may encounter.

To learn about the most recent scams and how to recognize the warning signs, please visit the FTC's most recent list of alerts.

Coronavirus Scams

PLEASE NOTE: Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. For more information, please click here to learn more from the FTC.

Fraudulent Cashiers’ Checks

Fraudulent Cashiers’ Checks are being circulated via Craig’s List and eBay transactions, “work-at-home” ads and numerous other scams. Customers are encouraged to call 888.868.3858 to validate the legitimacy of any Peoples Security Bank Cashiers’ Checks prior to acceptance from a third party.