Federal Reserve Warns of Fraudulent E-Mails
Beecher, IL (July 15, 2011) - In a recent news alert on their website, the Federal Reserve Board has
reported incidents of consumers receiving fraudulent e-mail messages from the Federal Reserve Wire Network. The e-mails reference a supposed wire transaction from the
consumer's bank account that has been interrupted and instruct the recipient to click on a
link to resolve the issue. The link usually begins with federalreserve.gov. These e-mails were
not sent by the Federal Reserve Banks. The Federal Reserve Banks deliver payment status
information to our financial institution customers via our trusted channels, and do not
communicate this information directly to consumers.
These emails are known as "phishing" and frequently have attachments and/or links to Web pages that host malicious code and software. Do not open attachments or follow Web links
in unsolicited emails from unknown parties, as they could be an attempt to collect personal
information, or to load malicious software onto end users' computers. If you receive an
email like this, call the Federal Reserve's hotline at 800-827-3340.
About First Community Bank and Trust
First Community Bank and Trust is a privately owned bank. Established in 1916 First Community Bank and Trust has been serving Beecher, IL, Peotone, IL and the surrounding communities for over 99 years. Our commitment to providing the best banking products and services is matched only by our outstanding customer service. We offer traditional community banking services, including mortgage, consumer, and commercial lending, as well as state of the art electronic banking services.
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Steven D. Koehn, VP
First Community Bank and Trust