All About Phishing

Phishing.  It's a term for a specific form of scams.  Phishing is fraud. Plain and simple. But every day, thousands of people fall for fraudulent emails, texts, and calls from online scammers pretending to be a bank. 


Some of these fakes are obvious, while others can be quite convincing.  Being able to tell th difference between scammers and your real bank can help save you a mountain of headaches.


That's where we come in.  October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and we want to do our part to raise awareness and help educate everyone on the best practices to help avoid a fraudulent phishing scam.


Spot Scams - Win Prizes

Watch the brief video and learn the three most common ways people get phished.  Then head over to where you can take the #BanksNeverAskThat quiz to learn how to spot online banking scams, and you could win weekly prizes of $20, $50 or $100 — or take home the $1,000 Grand Prize — during the month of October, courtesy of the American Bankers Association.


Take the #BanksNeverAskThat quiz during the month of October, and you could win weekly drawings up to $1,000!* 1. Go to 2. Study up on cyber security tips and tricks. 3. Take the #BanksNeverAskThat quiz and outsmart scammers. 4. Share your results on Twitter for the chance to win a prepaid card.  Each Friday in October, we’ll draw 15 weekly winners, with 1 Grand Prize winner at the end of the campaign.

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3 Common Ways People Get Phished


1.  Text Message

If you receive a text message from "your bank" asking you to click on a link or provide your information - Don't.  Your bank will never ask you to sign in, or give personal info via text message. Banks don’t ask that.

2.  Email

Scammers are good at sending emails that actually look like they're from your bank - but look for the signs.  Watch out for any email that asks you to click a link or provide personal information.  Your bank never do that.

3.  Phone Calls

It's very rare that your bank would call you.  If you receive an unexpected call from the bank, it could be a scam. Don’t provide any personal info, just hang up and call the bank yourself.

Helpul Video

Watch the brief video below on the common ways phishing occurs.

Quiz Time

Put scammers in their place! Head over to and take the quiz — find your scam score — and maybe even win some cash!