In today’s world, fraud encompasses much more than counterfeit checks and money orders. With the advent of the internet there are many more kinds of fraud and many different scams. It has, unfortunately, become easier for predators to take advantage of the unsuspecting, honest consumer. At The Pleasant Hill Bank, your protection is important to us. The best way to avoid fraud is to take preventative measures, and the best way to do that is to be aware of the scams and frauds.
We want you to be Aware
This section of our website provides an overview of some of the most common types of fraud, along with some warning signs if someone is attempting fraudulent activity. In addition, we’ve included contact information on the major agencies you should notify if you believe you or someone you know is a victim of fraud.
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Email Fraud - Scams
Phishing ... Not Fishing
"Phishing" is a kind of credit and debit card fraud. By pretending to email from a bank or similar site, scammers "fish" for account numbers, passwords, social security numbers, etc. They trick consumers into divulging sensitive information so that unlawful charges can be made on the consumers' accounts.
Do Not use The Link they Provide
Phishing email schemes change frequently and often have links or attachments with links. Users who click on the links are taken to look-alike sites (they may look just like your Bank or Credit Card Company site) where they are asked to enter personal data. This personal data is then used to open fraudulent accounts, or even charge your banking accounts. If you get an official looking email, do NOT open it. Call your Bank or Credit Card company directly, using the numbers provided on your Billing Statement, not ones that may be provided in the email.
Identity Theft -- What Is It?
Identity theft happens when someone steals your private personal information such as your social security number, your credit card number or your checking account number, and uses it to commit theft. It is much more than someone stealing your credit card. The thief may steal your checking account information, your mother’s maiden name or some other personal information, known only to you and your immediate family members in order to pose as you and drain your checking account, investments or other savings vehicles. How do you protect yourself?
What To Do If You Think Fraud has Taken Place
Immediately contact the Company, or Bank that represents your credit card, your checking account, loan etc. to let them know of any fraudulent activity directed against you. Call The Pleasant Hill Bank (816) 540-5101 to report any discrepancies with your checking or savings accounts. Describe the circumstances with as much detail as possible. Let them know about charges you did not make, or withdrawals from your accounts. They can give you the necessary steps to correct the problem.
Contact Information - To Report Fraudulent Activity
If you have information about fraudulent activity, report it to your state, local, or federal law enforcement agencies. In addition, the local Better Business Bureau may be able to assist you.
Missouri Attorney General
Kansas City Better Business Bureau
National Fraud Information Center
If you'd like to learn more about fraud and how to prevent it, the following websites provide even more detail than we have covered here.