Security Alerts, Scams & News

Covid 19 Vaccine Scam Alert 


As distribution of COVID-19 vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues, scammers are trying to capitalize through robocalls and text scams. Vaccination plans vary across state and local governments. Check with your state or local health department to learn more. You can also talk with your health care provider, pharmacist, or health insurance provider with any questions or concerns.  For more information view our brochure on covid vaccine scams.   


Phishing Scams 

Every day, thousands of people fall for fraudulent emails, texts, and calls from scammers pretending to be a bank. These are commonly referred to as phishing scams and victims can lose hundreds, even thousands of dollars.

Tennessee State Bank has partnered with the ABA’s #BanksNeverAskThat campaign to turn the table on fraudsters by empowering consumers to spot bogus bank phishing scams. For more tips on how to keep phishing criminals at bay, including videos, an interactive quiz and more, visit www.BanksNeverAskThat.com.

Phishing is when you get emails, texts, or calls that seem to be from companies or people you know, but they’re actually from scammers. They want you to click on a link or share personal information (like a password or social security number) so that they can use that information to steal your money and/or identity.

For more information about phishing, visit https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-recognize-and-avoid-phishing-scams


Job Scams 

Scammers are targeting millions of unemployed Americans searching for jobs, looking for opportunities to obtain access to victims’ identities and financial assets. In 2020, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received complaints amounting to over $62 million in losses from employment scams, an increase of nearly $20 million from 2019.

Criminals promote fake job opportunities through many of the same job boards that legitimate companies use, such as online job sites, social media platforms, and newspapers. The fake postings claim to offer employment but are instead used to acquire victims’ personal information and financial assets.

For more information about job scams, visit: https://www.aba.com/advocacy/community-programs/consumer-resources/protect-your-money/job-scams.


Money Mule 

What is a Money Mule?
If someone sends you money and asks you to send it to someone else, STOP! You could be what is being called a “Money Mule", someone scammers use to transfer and launder stolen money. Scammers are taking advantage of the uncertainty and fear surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money, access your personal and financial information, and use you as a money mule. 


TSB Debit Card Customers - Scam Alert 

Tennessee State Bank has been informed by our debit card customers that they received calls or text messages that appear to be coming from TSB FraudWatch.  Please read the letter that was sent to our debit card customers.  

Despite many organizations best efforts in handling and using your private information properly, the countless breaches of Privacy by cyber criminals in the past few years have resulted in the exposure of information about millions of people. One reaction to such breaches can be to provide credit monitoring for one year. This is a very short amount of time to have such a protection. Those that have stolen the information, or those to whom they have passed it on, may hold it for much longer than a year before using it to steal your identity, commit credit card fraud, or worse in your name. If you have been a victim of a breach, check out some of the FTC’s resources on starting a credit freeze to protect yourself.


Protecting privacy is both your responsibility and that of those individuals and organizations that have information about you. Do everything in your power to be aware of how you personally can compromise your privacy and hold those organizations that you engage with accountable for their management, or mismanagement, of your personal information.

  




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