Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Mississippi Bankers Association warns consumers of identity theft scams

JACKSON – The Mississippi Bankers Association is warning consumers not to fall victim to a sudden increase in telephone, text message and email phishing scams that have been reported in Mississippi.

According to reports, perpetrators are using automated phone calls, text messages and emails to misinform consumers that their debit cards have been deactivated.  Consumers are then prompted to provide account information.  Those who respond to these inquiries run the potential risk of having their information used fraudulently. 

To avoid becoming the victim of a scam, the Mississippi Bankers Association offers the following tips:
  • Never give out your personal or financial information in response to an unsolicited phone call, text message, fax or email, no matter how official it may seem. 
  • Do not respond to a call that may warn of dire consequences unless you validate your information immediately.  Contact your bank to confirm the call's validity using a telephone number or Web address you know to be genuine.
  • Check your credit card and bank account statements regularly and look for unauthorized transactions, even small ones.  Some thieves hope small transactions will go unnoticed.  Report discrepancies immediately.
  • If you have responded to an unsolicited message, contact your bank immediately so they can protect your account and your identity.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Simpson County Platinum Club Luncheon

Platinum Club members enjoyed a delicious lunch catered by Sassi Southern Catering at the beautiful Mellonwoods in Mendenhall, MS.

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