Caution advised in the face of online banking scams | North West

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Idaho residents are warned to be aware of scams on websites claiming to represent Idaho-based banks.

Patricia Perkins, director of the Idaho Department of Finance, said in a press release that Bay Trust Bank and Rigid Trust Bank were websites created with mirror content from legitimate financial institutions. The websites claimed the fraudulent institutions had locations in Boise and Chubbuck, Idaho.

The ministry has taken steps to have these websites removed, according to the press release; however, the ministry has found that website scammers often create new sites under new names in an attempt to continue their efforts to victimize consumers.

Perkins urged residents of Idaho to be careful when visiting websites, especially those representing financial institutions. One tip for avoiding website spoofing scams is to google the address that a business lists on their website. If the address is a vacant lot, a post office box or a private residence, these are red flags.

Other tips include bookmarking websites with confirmed legitimacy or calling the phone number listed on the website to ask detailed questions.

People are strongly urged to avoid providing personal or financial information without first verifying the legitimacy of the entity.

Anyone wishing to view a list of banks and credit unions in Idaho can visit the department’s website at: finance.idaho.gov and select the “Find Financial Institutions” page under the “Financial Institutions” tab. who we regulate ”.

Anyone who has been the victim of a spoofed financial institution website is urged to contact Robert Moore, Review Examiner, at (208) 332-8042 or [email protected]

Scams and Fraud Webinars scheduled for December

An online seminar to educate Idaho residents on the complex landscape of scams and fraud will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on December 1, 8 and 15 via Zoom.

The “Scam Jam” is sponsored by the Idaho Department of Finance and the Idaho Scam Jam Alliance. In addition to the Scam Jam webinar series, there will be a limited rollout of the Alliance’s latest educational offering called Fraud Bingo.

These webinars are free, educational and interactive forums where local experts share key information and practical advice, including how to identify, prevent and report bad actors.

Topics for the session include local scams, Medicare fraud, gift card scams, digital privacy, tax evasion and scams, and how to distinguish deceptive solicitations from legitimate communications that arrive in the mail.

The “Watch Your Mail” segment on the last day of the series will be presented by Celia Kinney, Department of Finance Consumer Affairs Officer and US Postal Service Inspector.

Other presenters include local law enforcement, Idaho Department of Insurance, Idaho Attorney General’s Office, Better Business Bureau, and AARP Idaho.

The Alliance also launched Fraud Bingo, created by the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Security. This is a presentation where people learn key facts about frauds and scams and can win prizes.

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