PlainsCapital Bank values our customers and wants to provide you information regarding known fraud scams to better assist you in not being a victim of these scams.
CEO Email Fraud or Business Email Compromise (one of the fastest growing fraud scams)
Cybercriminals trick company employees into transferring large sums of money to them by impersonating CEOs and other company executives in spoofed or masqueraded emails. The FBI has issued alerts on this type of fraud and has advised that businesses have been affected in all 50 states. How does it work? The schemers first study their intended victims by using the company’s website, social
Corporate Account Takeover
Account Takeover is a form of identity theft in which criminals steal your valid online banking credentials. In most
Job Scams: “Work from Home”
The opportunity to work from home is becoming a very popular and an attractive option for many. As the interest increases, so do the opportunities to be conned with jobs that pay “big financial rewards.” Although there are many legitimate work-from-home jobs, these schemes do not guarantee a regular salary and almost always requires an “up-front” investment. In a lot of
During a romance scam, the victim is courted online for some time before the scam starts. This gives the victim a sense that they know the person with whom he or she is dealing. This scam is almost always via the internet, either on Facebook or through a dating site. At first, the criminal is very interested in the victim and will make many promises. After a period of time, they will ask the victim for help, either due to an illness, accident, job loss, family emergency, or their bank accounts have been frozen for some unknown reason. They will then ask the victim for money. Once a small amount is sent they will ask for larger amounts and become very demanding. The criminal will also have the victim send funds to an unknown person or receive funds from this unknown person so they can be wired to the scammer. In many cases, the victim will think they are engaged to the suspect. In all cases the victim has NEVER met the suspect in person and has only participated in phone, text, or internet conversations. There could be an exchange of pictures with the suspect but there is no way to know that is really whom the victim is communicating with. These criminals are normally located outside of the country and there is no way to recover the money that is lost.
Selling Goods Scam, a.k.a. Craigslist Scam
In this scam the victim may be selling goods in a marketplace, over the internet or through a trade site (Local newspaper, Craigslist,
Mystery Shopper Scam
The Mystery Shopper scam is similar to the “Work from Home” scam. The victim is approached to earn money for little to no work. They receive a letter and check in the mail asking them to deposit the check, withdraw cash, and then shop at the merchant stated in the letter. One of the merchants will be a money service business (Western Union, Money Gram, or similar business) and the victim will be directed to wire funds out, then report on the service they received while conducting the wire. As with other scams, the victim is advised to keep a small amount of the funds as well as the items they purchased. However, the check deposited charges back as fraud and the victim is out the funds.
Card Cracking is the fastest crime targeting millennials, although persons as young as high school students have been recruited for this fraud. This scam begins with a criminal posting on Facebook or another social media site, asking if someone would like to make easy money. The victim is advised to open a bank account (if they don’t already have one) and then give the scammer the debit card for the account. The scammer will then make fraudulent deposits into the victim’s account and withdraw funds via the ATM. The account holder is advised they will get to keep some of the cash from the deposits and they are to claim their card was lost or stolen. The scammer tells the account holder there is nothing the bank can do to them as they did not make the fraudulent deposit – which is untrue! The account holder has just committed a crime by knowingly allowing their account to be used for fraud and benefiting from the activity. To read more on Card Cracking visit www.aba.com
Skimming is a common method used by fraudsters to obtain credit card or debit card information. The “skimmer” device is a small tool with a mag-stripe reader that stores card information.
Phishing (pronounced “fishing”)
This type of scam is a criminal activity that uses fraudulent techniques to trick you into providing personal information. These techniques include the use of fake emails, phone calls, and/or websites posing as legitimate and trusted organizations to fool you into divulging personal financial information that is then used to commit identity theft or other types of fraud. These fake websites could look like your bank’s website and will then ask you to give your username, password, account number, personal identification number (PIN), Social Security number, or other personal information.
This scam is used in the same manner as Phishing; however, the contact is made by text messages instead of an email or phone. The victim is asked to provide their personal information.
- PlainsCapital Bank will not send emails or text messages to our customers with links to our website that would request your personal information as noted above.