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Phishing Scam Targeting Skowhegan Bank Customers

On August 6, 2008, Police and Skowhegan Officials informed about a fake mail, which involves the customers of Skowhegan Savings Bank, who are told that their accounts are being blocked. Further, it is the 2nd time when the customers of Skowhegan Bank have met with the scam.

The Skowhegan Chief of Police, Mike Emmons claimed that bank and police authorities have received numerous complaints from the bank customers who have been told to divulge their bank account details to activate their blocked accounts, as reported by mainetoday on August 6, 2008.

Mike also added that on August 6, 2008, they received so many calls from the customers that they had to send an officer to the Skowhegan bank to talk with them personally regarding the phishing problem.

Also, Marketing Officer of the bank Karen Hart claimed that the bank had issued an alert to against the latest phishing scams, as reported by mainetoday on August 6, 2008.

As accords to security experts, phishing occurs when hackers make use of fake mails and sites to deceive users into revealing private financial details.

Hart also informed that they never contact to users through mail or by phone unless the customers start the contact. He also suggested that the user should not respond to any uninvited mail, phone call or fax no matter how authentic it appears.

Further, she also recommended the users who replied to the phishing mail or call to contact the bank immediately, so that the bank can rectify the misappropriation of their private data and account details.

Interestingly, 2 weeks ago in the 3rd week of July 2008, scammers were using a fake mail letter which attempts to steal the Skowhegan Savings Bank customer accounts. According to reports, the content of mail directed the customers to call at a number given in the message. But when the user dialed the number, the attendant asked for the expiry date, 16 digit credit card number and 4 digit PIN (Personal Identification Number).

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