Security Alerts

Examples of Recent Fraud

Security Alerts

We have been made aware of a recent phishing scam. It appears to be an email sent from First National Bank of Giddings with the subject line “Important message from First National Bank of Giddings” or “You have one new message from First National Bank of Giddings”. The emails contain a link to login at First National Bank of Giddings and access your MAIL section. This email is NOT from First National Bank of Giddings. Please do not click on the hyperlink. If you click the hyperlink, you are taken to a fraudulent website that does not belong to First National Bank of Giddings. It appears legitimate and includes First National Bank’s logos. However, the website’s purpose is to steal your information. If you receive these emails, we recommend that you delete them immediately.

If you have entered personal information after clicking on a link or if you suspect fraud, contact First National Bank of Giddings at 979-542-1200.

 

Suspicious Telephone Calls

Suspicious Telephone Calls

An unknown person or persons have been calling individuals claiming to represent the FDIC, regarding the collection of an outstanding debt.

To date, the callers have alleged that the call recipient is delinquent in payment of a loan that was applied for over the Internet or made through a payday lender. The loan may or may not actually exist. The caller attempts to authenticate the claim by providing sensitive personal information, such as name, Social Security number, and date of birth, supposedly taken from the loan application. The recipient is then strongly urged to make a payment over the phone to "avoid a lawsuit and possible arrest." In some instances, the caller is said to sound aggressive and threatening.

These suspicious telephone calls are fraudulent. Anyone who receives a call should consider them as an attempt to steal money or collect personal identifying information. You should NEVER provide information via an unsolicited telephone call that would ask for sensitive information.

If a caller demonstrates that he or she has the recipient's sensitive personal information, such as Social Security number, date of birth, and bank account numbers, the recipient may be the victim of identity theft and should review his or her credit reports for signs of possible fraud. You might consider placing a Fraud Alert on your credit report.  This can be done by contacting one of the three consumer reporting companies listed below. Only one of the three companies needs to be contacted. That company is required to contact the other two, which will place an alert on their versions of the report.

The three major Credit Reporting Bureaus are:

  • TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289; www.transunion.com
    Fraud Victim Assistance Division, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, California 92834-6790
  • Equifax: 1-800-525-6285; www.equifax.com
    P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, Georgia 30374-0241
  • Experian: 1-888-EXPERIAN (397-3742); www.experian.com
    P.O. Box 9554, Allen, Texas 75013

If additional information is required, please contact the bank Security Officer at (979) 542-1200 x291.