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KSP warns of scam

KSP warns of scam

Posted: Tuesday, December 9, 2008 1:48 pm

 The Messenger. 12.09.08

The Kentucky State Police is warning the public of another e-mail scam that has been hitting local in-boxes.

The KSP has received reports of citizens receiving an e-mail from an institution named Commerce Bank. The e-mail appears to have an official company header with the FDIC logo located below the bank name.

The e-mail explains that the recipient’s account information needs to be updated. The text further explains that the update is needed to protect the recipient from fraud. A link is provided at the conclusion of the e-mail that allows the recipient to input their personal information. The author of the e-mail states that failure to update the required fields will result in a suspension of the recipient’s account.

Anyone who receives an e-mail similar to this is asked to simply delete it, according to the KSP. Recipients should never reply to e-mails that ask for personal account information. This is especially important when they specifically ask for names, account numbers and Social Security numbers. A bank will never ask for this information through an e-mail.

As a reminder, the public is asked to frequently monitor their bank statements and credit reports in order to detect fraud at its earliest stage, according to the KSP.

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