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Independent Bank will never send an email requiring you to verify your account information via email. If you receive an email posing as Independent Bank asking for this information, DO NOT reply. Please forward these emails to: firstname.lastname@example.org for investigation.
The Federal Reserve Board has developed five tips for protecting your checking account. To view the tips, visit the Federal Reserve website.
Federal Reserve Board has compiled helpful tips to help protect consumers from foreclosure scams.
Scam operators use telephone, direct mail and email to entice U.S. consumers to buy chances in high-stakes foreign lotteries. These lottery solicitations, which can come from all over the world, violate U.S. law and cost consumers more than $120 million each year. To read what the Federal Trade Commission says about international lottery scams, visit the Federal Trade Commission website.
Claiming to be a foreign official, business person, the surviving spouse of a former government official, or a person wronged by political oppression, con artists may offer to transfer millions of dollars into your bank account in exchange for a fee. Typically, the victim is asked to provide bank account numbers, as well as money to cover transaction, transfer costs, and legal fees.
Variations of this scam are also used on internet auction, internet classified, and job websites.
If you receive an offer via email from someone claiming to need your help getting money out of a foreign country, forward it to the FTC at email@example.com.