Scams Happening in Our Area

Knowing about past and current scams can help you avoid falling victim to fraud or Identity Theft. Although some of these scams may look outdated, fraudsters will initiate similar scams once time has passed and they feel they can trick people again. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to keep up to date with recent scams.

If you fear that you’ve given out personal or financial information please contact your financial institution immediately.

Consumers receive an email from Amazon thanking them for their recent purchase. They’re asked to submit a product review in return for a $50.00 Amazon credit. When the user clicks the link, they are brought to a site that looks like Amazon but is really a fake Amazon site created by the cybercriminal. Users are then asked to log in to their account. If they enter their email and password, their information is sent directly to the criminals who then have access to the user’s Amazon account. Malicious software can also be installed on the user’s computers or mobile device once they’ve visited the fake site.

Avoid clicking links within emails. If possible, open a browser and go directly to the site you’re looking to visit. If you have to click a link, be sure to check the website address before clicking. Watch for slight variations of site names.

People receive calls supposedly from Community National Bank informing them they have won a trip. THIS IS A SCAM. If you receive a call, do not give out any personal information, and hang up immediately. If you have questions, please contact your local CNB office.

These scams take place through all methods of communication such as calls, text messages and email. Stay alert when using all forms of communicating.

Fraudsters initiate automated calls to people in Vermont pretending to be from a banking institution and report to the consumers that their debit card has been frozen. The call continues to instruct consumers to press a digit and then enter their debit card number, expiration date and PIN to reactivate the card. If fraudsters collect this information, they can create fake debit cards and access the consumers’ accounts. Banks will not contact you to ask for detailed debit card information. Most debit card security features only ask customers to confirm or deny transactions. If there’s a problem with your debit card, please contact your bank directly to fix the issue.